Duke freshman Paolo Banchero has been named to the 2022 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s Preseason Watch List.
THE NAISMITH TROPHY
Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, the creator of the game of basketball, the first Naismith trophy was awarded in 1969 to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The trophy was sculpted by Marty C. Dawe of Atlanta and has become among the most prestigious national honors awarded each year to top basketball players in the nation. The Naismith Women’s Player of the Year Award was first given to Anne Donovan of Old Dominion University in 1983.
Each year the club’s board publishes the “Naismith Watch” list that is made up of the top 50 players to watch in men’s and women’s college basketball. The organization also releases a list of 30 mid-season Naismith candidates. At the end of the season the Naismith Trophy is awarded to the player of the year in men’s and women’s college basketball. A national voting academy of leading basketball coaches, administrators and journalists narrows the group down to four finalists based on player performance throughout the season. The final four Naismith finalists will make up the ballot and the player of the year is voted on by the group.
In 1982 the Atlanta Tipoff Club established the Outstanding Contribution Award to honor men and women who have had a positive impact on the game of basketball.
The Naismith Men’s and Women’s College Coach of the Year Award were established in 1987 and were originally given to the coaches of the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I Tournament Champions. In 1989, the governing board changed the selection criteria to the voting process used today in which the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors first votes to compile a top 25 list of coaches for each award. Then, through additional votes, the list is narrowed down to four and finally, the national winner.
Also in 1987, to honor the nation’s best boys’ and girls’ high school basketball players, the Naismith Trophy Boys’ High School Player of the Year and the Naismith Trophy Girls’ High School Player of the Year were established. The board compiles a top 10 list of players from across the country for both awards. The winners are then selected by board vote. The Naismith High School Boy’s Coach of the Year and Girl’s Coach of the Year categories were added in 2008.
In 2018, the Men’s and Women’s College Defensive Player of the Year was added to the Naismith family, with Jevon Carter and Teaira McCowan taking home the inaugural awards.
|Adam Flagler||G||Jr.||Baylor||Big 12|
|Andre Curbelo||G||So.||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Andrew Jones||Sr.||G||Texas||Big 12|
|Armando Bacot||Jr.||F/C||North Carolina||ACC|
|Caleb Houstan||Fr.||G/F||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Collin Gillespie||Sr.||G||Villanova||BIG EAST|
|David McCormack||Sr.||F||Kansas||Big 12|
|E.J. Liddell||Jr.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Hunter Dickinson||So.||C||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Jaden Ivey||So.||G||Purdue||Big Ten|
|James Akinjo||Sr.||G||Baylor||Big 12|
|Julian Champagnie||Jr.||G/F||St. John’s||BIG EAST|
|Justin Moore||Jr.||G||Villanova||BIG EAST|
|Keion Brooks Jr.||Jr.||F||Kentucky||SEC|
|Kenneth Lofton Jr.||Fr.||F||Louisiana Tech||USA|
|Keve Aluma||R-Sr.||F||Virginia Tech||ACC|
|Kofi Cockburn||Jr.||C||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Marcus Carr||Sr.||G||Texas||Big 12|
|Matt Bradley||Sr.||G||San Diego St.||MWC|
|Matthew Mayer||Sr.||G/F||Baylor||Big 12|
|Max Abmas||Jr.||G||Oral Roberts||Summit|
|Ochai Agbaji||Sr.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Remy Martin||Sr.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Scotty Pippen Jr.||Jr.||G||Vanderbilt||SEC|
|Terrence Shannon Jr.||Jr.||G||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Trayce Jackson-Davis||Jr.||F||Indiana||Big Ten|
|Trevion Williams||Sr.||F||Purdue||Big Ten|
|Tyson Etienne||So.||G||Wichita State||AAC|