UNM's Bairstow, SDSU's Thames Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 List
ATLANTA - New Mexico senior forward Cameron Bairstow and San Diego State senior guard Xavier Thames have both been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 List, announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who are vying for one of the sport's most prestigious honors.
The Mountain West is one of nine conferences with multiple representatives on the list.
Bairstow leads the Lobos and ranks second in the league with a 20.2 scoring average this season. His .565 field goal shooting percentage ranks tops in the Conference, while his 7.0 rebounding average is 12th. The Brisbane, Australia, native is also a midseason candidate for the Wooden Award and Oscar Roberston Trophy
Thames, a product of Sacramento, Calif., leads the Aztecs and ranks third among Conference scoring leaders (17.9). He is also second in the MW in steals (1.7 spg) and fourth in free throw shooting percentage (.833). This is Thames' second midseason honor, as he is also a candidate for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
The 30-player midseason list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances to this point in the 2013-14 campaign. 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 MIDSEASON 30 LIST|
|Keith Appling||Sr.||G||Michigan State|
|CAMERON BAIRSTOW||SR.||F||NEW MEXICO|
|Cleanthony Early||Sr.||F||Wichita State|
|Melvin Ejim||Sr.||F||Iowa State|
|Gary Harris||So.||G||Michigan State|
|DeAndre Kane||Sr.||G||Iowa State|
|Roy Devyn Marble||Sr.||G||Iowa|
|Marcus Smart||So.||G||Oklahoma State|
|XAVIER THAMES||SR.||G||SAN DIEGO STATE|
|Fred VanVleet||So.||G||Wichita State|