Nicholson Named to Naismith Award Preseason List

Nicholson Named to Naismith Award Preseason List

ATLANTA - St. Bonaventure senior Andrew Nicholson is one of just 50 players nationally named to the Naismith Award preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday.

The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s player of the year. Other notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and last year’s winner, Jimmer Fredette.

Nicholson, who also earned a spot on the Wooden Award preseason watch list, has earned All-Conference honors in each of his three seasons at St. Bonaventure, including First Team plaudits last year. The Mississauga, Ontario native is tied with Naismith Hall of Famer Bob Lanier atop the school's career field goal percentage (.576) and ranks 13th in program history with 1,512 points after leading the Atlantic 10 and ranking 15th nationally in scoring (20.8 ppg) as a junior.


This year's list includes the top men’s college basketball players from 34 schools around the country, including
four each from North Carolina and Kentucky.

The 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 2012 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans.

Last

First

School

Class

Position

Abromaitis

Tim

Notre Dame

GS

F

Barnes

Harrison

North Carolina

So

F

Barton

Will

Memphis

So

G

Beal

Bradley

Florida

Fr

G

Buford

William

Ohio State

Sr

G

Craft

Aaron

Ohio State

So

G

Davis

Anthony

Kentucky

Fr

F

Denmon

Marcus

Missouri

Sr

G

Drummond

Andre

Connecticut

Fr

C

Ezeli

Festus

Vanderbilt

Sr

C

Gibbs

Ashton

Pitt

Sr

G

Glover

Michael

Iona

Sr

F

Gordon

Drew

New Mexico

Sr

F

Green

Draymond

Michigan State

Sr

F

Green

JaMychal

Alabama

Sr

F

Hardaway Jr.

Tim

Michigan

So

G

Harris

Elias

Gonzaga

Jr

F

Henson

John

North Carolina

Jr

F

Holloway

Tu

Xavier

Sr

G

Hummel

Robbie

Purdue

Sr

F

Jackson

Joe

Memphis

Jr

G

Jenkins

John

Vanderbilt

So

G

Johnson

Orlando

UC Santa Barbara

Sr

G

Johnson-Odom

Darius

Marquette

Sr

G

Jones III

Perry

Baylor

So

F

Jones

Terrence

Kentucky

So

F

Jones

Kevin

West Virginia

Sr

F

Joseph

Kris

Syracuse

Sr

F

Kidd-Gilchrist

Michael

Kentucky

Fr

F

Lamb

Jeremy

Connecticut

So

G

Marshall

Kendall

North Carolina

So

G

McCallum

Ray

Detroit

So

G

McDermott

Doug

Creighton

So

F

Middleton

Khris

Texas A&M

Jr

F

Miller

Quincy

Baylor

Fr

F

Nelson

Reeves

UCLA

Jr

F

Nicholson

Andrew

St. Bonaventure

Sr

F

Oriakhi

Alex

Connecticut

Jr

C

Rivers

Austin

Duke

Fr

G

Robinson

Thomas

Kansas

Jr

F

Ross

Terrence

Washington

So

G

Shurna

John

Northwestern

Sr

F

Siva

Peyton

Louisville

Jr

G

Smith

Joshua

UCLA

So

C

Sullinger

Jared

Ohio State

So

C

Taylor

Jordan

Wisconsin

Sr

G

Taylor

Jeffery

Vanderbilt

Sr

G/F

Teague

Marquis

Kentucky

Fr

G

Young

Patric

Florida

So

F/C

Zeller

Tyler

North Carolina

Sr

F

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