Javonte Smart, Trendon Watford named to Naismith Award Watch List
BATON ROUGE – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Watch List which included LSU junior guard Javonte Smart and sophomore forward Trendon Watford.
Gonzaga leads the 50-player watch list with four players included on the list, followed by Duke with three. Seven schools have two players, including LSU. Overall, the ACC and Big Ten top the list, each with eight players represented, while the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC are close runners-up with six candidates on the watch list.
“The beginning of the season is filled with excitement, optimism and anticipation as each team and every player is undefeated, making the race for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy wide open. While these 50 candidates are those to keep an eye on, there will be plenty of others who will enter the competition throughout the season,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “This year will be especially exciting as players who were unable to finish their seasons last year have even more to prove.”
A list of the midseason 30 team will be released in early February, followed by the 10 national semifinalists and four finalists on March 4, 2021, and March 16, 2021, respectively. Players who do not make the watch list are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team. The 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy will be awarded during the Final Four at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 4, 2021.
Smart, Watford and the LSU Tigers open the 2020-21 season on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at the Golden Window Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska against San Francisco.
2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s Preseason Watch List
Scottie Barnes/Fr./G/Florida State/ACC
Charles Bassey/Jr./C/Western Kentucky/C-USA
James Bouknight/So./G/UConn/BIG EAST
Garrison Brooks/Sr./F/North Carolina/ACC
Greg Brown/Fr./F/Texas/Big 12
Jared Butler/Jr./G/Baylor/Big 12
Marcus Carr/Jr./G/Minnesota/Big Ten
Kofi Cockburn/So./C/Illinois/Big Ten
Cade Cunningham/Fr./G/Oklahoma State/Big 12
Oscar da Silva/Sr./F/Stanford/Pac-12
Ayo Dosunmu/Jr./G/Illinois/Big Ten
Marcus Garrett/Sr./G/Kansas/Big 12
Luka Garza/Sr./C/Iowa/Big Ten
Collin Gillespie/Sr./G/Villanova/BIG EAST
A.J. Green/Jr./G/Northern Iowa/MVC
Aaron Henry/Jr./F/Michigan State/Big Ten
Trayce Jackson-Davis/So./F/Indiana/Big Ten
Isaiah Livers/Sr./F/Michigan/Big Ten
Caleb Love/Fr./G/North Carolina/ACC
Sandro Mamukelashvili/Sr./F/Seton Hall/BIG EAST
Remy Martin/Sr./G/Arizona State/Pac-12
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl/So./F/Villanova/BIG EAST
Fatts Russell/Sr./G/Rhode Island/A-10
MaCio Teague/Sr./G/Baylor/Big 12
Oscar Tshiebwe/So./F/West Virginia/Big 12
Trevion Williams/Jr./F/Purdue/Big Ten
McKinley Wright IV/Sr./G/Colorado/Pac-12
Marcus Zegarowski/Jr./G/Creighton/BIG EAST
ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB
Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.
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