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Naismith Award nominees down to 30

2/24/2010

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, which awards the Naismith each year, has narrowed its preseason list of 50 "watch" players down to the much more manageable 30 -- what it calls its midseason candidates list, even if, on Feb. 24, the whole "midseason" thing is a bit of a misnomer. But that's beside the point. The point is that we have 30 players to mull over now. True, most of the list won't even crack consideration for the final player of the year award, which is almost certainly going to go to Ohio State's Evan Turner or Kentucky's John Wall. But the tally is fun to look at anyway.

One minor quibble: The list of 30 manages to include six ACC players -- just one behind the Big East's leading seven -- without including Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney, who happens to be leading the conference in scoring with 20.2 points per game for a 21-5 Tech team that's overcome its horrid nonconference schedule to (probably) play its way into the NCAA tournament. Nothing against Al-Farouq Aminu or Gani Lawal or Sylven Landesberg or Trevor Booker but it's hard to see how you could include those four and leave Delaney off the sheet.

Anyway, the full list is after the jump. Other quibbles? Let's hear 'em in the comments.

Cole Aldrich, Kansas, Center, Junior

Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest, Forward, Sophomore

James Anderson, Oklahoma State, Guard, Junior

Luke Babbitt, Nevada, Forward, Sophomore

Trevor Booker, Clemson, Forward, Senior

Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga, Guard, Senior

Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, Forward, Senior

Sherron Collins, Kansas, Guard, Senior

DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky, Forward, Freshman

Devan Downey, South Carolina, Guard, Senior

Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, Guard, Senior

Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Guard, Junior

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, Forward, Senior

Gordon Hayward, Butler, Forward, Sophomore

Robbie Hummel, Purdue, Forward, Junior

Damion James, Texas, Forward, Senior

Wesley Johnson, Syracuse, Forward, Junior

Dominique Jones, South Florida, Guard, Junior

Sylven Landesberg, Virginia, Guard, Sophomore

Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech, Forward, Junior

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State, Guard, Junior

Greg Monroe, Georgetown, Center, Sophomore

Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, Guard, Freshman

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, Guard, Senior

Omar Samhan, St. Mary's, Center, Senior

Jon Scheyer, Duke, Guard, Senior

Evan Turner, Ohio State, Guard, Junior

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State, Forward, Senior

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, Guard, Senior

John Wall, Kentucky, Guard, Freshman