Booker Named to Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List

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CLEMSON, SC – Senior forward Trevor Booker has been named to the preseason candidate list for the Naismith Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate basketball player. Booker, a native of Whitmire, SC, was one of 50 players named to the list Thursday. It is the second preseason watch list Booker has been included on, as he was previously announced in August as a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award.

Booker is the leading returning scorer (15.3 ppg) for the 2009-10 Tiger basketball squad. He is coming off a junior season in which he led the ACC in field goal percentage (.571) and rebounds per game (9.7). He also averaged a double-double during the regular season of the ACC. Booker, a second-team all-conference selection last season, was one of nine players from the ACC named to the preseason watch list.

The watch list was compiled the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2009-10 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, IN. Blake Griffin of Oklahoma won the award in 2009.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a midseason list of 30 players. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to four finalists.

2009-10 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List:

Last name	First Name	School		Position	Class
Alabi		Solomon		Florida State	Center		Soph.
Aldrich		Cole		Kansas		Center		Junior
Aminu		Al-Farouq	Wake Forest	Forward		Soph.
Anderson	James		Oklahoma State	Guard		Junior
Babbitt		Luke		Nevada		Forward		Soph.
Battle		Talor		Penn State	Guard		Junior
Booker		Trevor		Clemson		Forward		Senior
Bouldin		Matt		Gonzaga		Guard		Senior
Brackins	Craig		Iowa State	Forward		Junior
Bradley		Avery		Texas		Guard		Freshman
Butler		Da'Sean		West Virginia	Forward		Senior
Christopher	Patrick		California	Guard		Senior
Collins		Sherron		Kansas		Guard		Senior
Davis		Ed		North Carolina	Forward		Soph.
Downey		Devan		South Carolina	Guard		Senior
Dyson		Jerome		Connecticut	Guard		Senior
Ebanks		Devin		West Virginia	Forward		Soph.
Favors		Derrick		Georgia Tech	Forward		Freshman
Harangody	Luke		Notre Dame	Forward		Senior
Harris		Manny		Michigan 	Guard		Junior
Hayward		Gordon		Butler		Guard/Forward	Freshman
Hayward		Lazar		Marquette	Forward		Senior
Henry		Xavier		Kansas		Guard		Freshman
Hummel		Robbie		Purdue		Forward		Junior
James		Damion		Texas		Guard/Forward	Senior
Jordan		Jerome		Tulsa		Center		Senior
Landesberg	Sylven		Virginia  	Guard		Soph.
Lawal		Gani		Georgia 	Tech	Forward	Junior
Lucas		Kalin		Michigan State	Guard		Junior
Mitchell	Tasmin		LSU		Forward		Senior
Monroe		Greg		Georgetown	Center		Soph.
Ogilvy		A.J.		Vanderbilt	Center		Junior
Patterson	Patrick		Kentucky	Forward		Junior
Randle		Jerome		California	Guard		Senior
Reynolds	Scottie		Villanova	Guard		Senior
Samuels		Samardo		Louisville	Forward 	Soph.
Sanders		Larry		VCU		Forward		Junior
Singler		Kyle		Duke		Forward		Junior
Smith		Tyler		Tennessee	Guard/Forward	Senior
Thomas		Isaiah		Washington	Guard		Soph.
Turner		Evan		Ohio State	Guard/Forward	Junior
Ubiles		Edwin		Siena		Guard/Forward	Senior
Varnado		Jarvis		Mississippi St	Forward		Senior
Vasquez		Greivis		Maryland	Guard		Senior
Walker		Kemba		Connecticut	Guard		Soph.
Wall		John 		Kentucky	Guard		Freshman
Warren		Willie		Oklahoma	Guard		Soph.
White		Terrico		Mississippi   	Guard		Soph.
Wise		Nic		Arizona		Guard		Senior
Wright		Chris		Dayton		Forward		Junior

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