Booker Named to Preseason Naismith Trophy Watch List
|Thursday, October 29, 2009, 3:10 PM-|
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