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ATLANTA -- The four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, which will be presented to the top college basketball player by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on April 6, were announced Sunday night.
Standout Duke freshman Jabari Parker, projected by many to be a top-three pick in the NBA draft if he decides to declare, was the youngest of the finalists.
Two seniors made the list: Creighton's Doug McDermott and Louisville's Russ Smith. Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson rounded out the finalists.
Parker, passed over for the ACC Player of the Year, averaged 19.3 points a game. Johnson managed to win his conference's award, as a terrific regular season (16.3 ppg) earned him recognition as the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
McDermott went over the 3,000-point mark for his career, and three times scored 39 points or more for the Bluejays this season.
Smith averaged 18.1 points a game during the regular season and helped Louisville win the American Athletic Conference tournament, where he was voted tournament MVP.