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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