Lobos' Kirk, Williams Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List
ATLANTA - New Mexico senior guard Kendall Williams and junior center Alex Kirk have both been named to the Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List, announced Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for one of the sport's most prestigious honors.
New Mexico was one of 12 programs to have multiple student-athletes selected to the list, joining defending NCAA Champion Louisville, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA and VCU.
Williams and Kirk both were invited to the World University Games tryout camp in Colorado Springs this summer, with Kirk making the squad that finished ninth in Russia this summer. Both players were selected as preseason Mountain West All-Conference team members, and Williams was the Preseason Player of the Year after winning the 2012-13 Player of the Year Award and earning honorable mention Associated Press All-America honors.
The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2013-14 college basketball season. In late February, the selection committee will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow the list to the four finalists.
Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, creator of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy Presented by AT&T will be awarded to the men’s college player of the year on April 6, 2014 in Dallas.
|2013-14 NAISMITH TROPHY EARLY SEASON TOP-50 WATCH LIST|
|Jahii Carson||So.||G||Arizona State|
|Aaron Craft||Sr.||G||Ohio State|
|Cleanthony Early||Sr.||F||Wichita State|
|Jerian Grant||Sr.||G||Notre Dame|
|Gary Harris||So.||G||Michigan State|
|Marshall Henderson||Sr.||G||Ole Miss|
|ALEX KIRK||JR.||C||NEW MEXICO|
|James Michael McAdoo||Jr.||F||North Carolina|
|Johnny O'Bryant III||Jr.||F||LSU|
|Adreian Payne||Sr.||C||Michigan State|
|Glenn Robinson III||So.||F||Michigan|
|LaQuinton Ross||Jr.||F||Ohio State|
|Wayne Selden Jr.||Fr.||G||Kansas|
|Marcus Smart||So.||G||Oklahoma State|
|KENDALL WILLIAMS||SR.||G||NEW MEXICO|