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Men's Naismith Trophy Watch List Released
POSTED: November 19, 2020 -- 11:25 a.m. CT
The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today 50 players who selected to the 2021 Men's Naismith Trophy Watch List, which includes the 2020 Naismith High School Trophy winner, Cade Cunningham, now a freshman at Oklahoma State University, the 2020 Naismith Men's Defensive Player of the Year winner, Marcus Garrett from Kansas, and Iowa's Luka Garza, who was a finalist for the 2020 Men's Player of the Year honor. Gonzaga leads the 50-player watch list with four players included on the list, followed by Duke, which has won more Naismith Trophies (8) than any other school. Seven schools have two players represented include Baylor, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, Stanford and Villanova. Overall, the ACC and Big Ten top the list, each with eight players represented, while the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC are close runners-up with six candidates on the watch list.
"The beginning of the season is filled with excitement, optimism and anticipation as each team and every player is undefeated, making the race for the Jersey Mike's Naismith Trophy wide open. While these 50 candidates are those to keep an eye on, there will be plenty of others who will enter the competition throughout the season," said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. "This year will be especially exciting as players who were unable to finish their seasons last year have even more to prove."
A list of the midseason 30 team will be released in early February, followed by the 10 national semifinalists and four finalists on March 4, 2021, and March 16, 2021, respectively. Players who do not make the watch list are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team. The 2021 Jersey Mike's Naismith Trophy will be awarded during the Final Four at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 4, 2021.
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2021 Men's Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List
|Joel Ayayi||Junior||Guard||Gonzaga||West Coast Conference|
|Scottie Barnes||Freshman||Guard||Florida State||ACC|
|James Bouknight||Sophomore||Guard||UConn||Big East|
|Garrison Brooks||Senior||Forward||North Carolina||ACC|
|Greg Brown||Freshman||Forward||Texas||Big 12|
|Jared Butler||Junior||Guard||Baylor||Big 12|
|Marcus Carr||Junior||Guard||Minnesota||Big Ten|
|Kofi Cockburn||Sophomore||Center||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Jalen Crutcher||Senior||Guard||Dayton||Atlantic 10|
|Cade Cunningham||Freshman||Guard||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Oscar da Silva||Senior||Forward||Stanford||Pac-12|
|Ayo Dosunmu||Junior||Guard||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Marcus Garrett||Senior||Guard||Kansas||Big 12|
|Luka Garza||Senior||Center||Iowa||Big Ten|
|Collin Gillespie||Senior||Guard||Villanova||Big East|
|Kellan Grady||Senior||Guard||Davidson||Atlantic 10|
|A.J. Green||Junior||Guard||Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley|
|Aaron Henry||Junior||Forward||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|Trayce Jackson-Davis||Sophomore||Forward||Indiana||Big Ten|
|Corey Kispert||Senior||Forward||Gonzaga||West Coast Conference|
|Isaiah Livers||Senior||Forward||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Caleb Love||Freshman||Guard||North Carolina||ACC|
|Sandro Mamukelashvili||Senior||Forward||Seton Hall||Big Ten|
|Remy Martin||Senior||Guard||Arizona State||Pac-12|
|Caleb Mills||Sophomore||Guard||Houston||American Athletic Conference|
|Jeremiah Robinson-Earl||Sophomore||Forward||Villanova||Big East|
|Colbey Ross||Senior||Guard||Pepperdine||West Coast Conference|
|Fatts Russell||Senior||Guard||Rhode Island||Atlantic 10|
|Jalen Suggs||Freshman||Guard||Gonzaga||West Coast Conference|
|MaCio Teague||Senior||Guard||Baylor||Big 12|
|Drew Timme||Sophomore||Forward||Gonzaga||West Coast Conference|
|Oscar Tshiebwe||Sophomore||Forward||West Virginia||Big 12|
|Trevion Williams||Junior||Forward||Purdue||Big Ten|
|McKinley Wright IV||Senior||Guard||Colorado||Pac-12|
|Marcus Zegarowski||Junior||Guard||Creighton||Big East|
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