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Preseason Naismith Watch List Released

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The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced the watch list of 50 players in consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year. The ACC leads with 12 players, followed by the Big Ten with 10. The mid-season list of 30 will be announced February 9, 2017.

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky, Fr.
Grayson Allen, Duke, Jr.
Jarrett Allen, Texas, Fr.
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State, So.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA, Fr.
V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame, Sr.
Joel Berry, North Carolina, Jr.
James Blackmon, Indiana, Jr.
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson, Sr.
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier, Jr. 
Chris Boucher, Oregon, Sr.
Miles Bridges, Michigan State, Fr.
Dillon Brooks, Oregon, Jr.
Thomas Bryant, Indiana, So.
Troy Caupain, Cincinnati, Sr.
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M, So.
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, So.
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky, Fr.
Markelle Fultz, Washington, Fr.
Jack Gibbs, Davidson, Sr.
Harry Giles, Duke, Fr.
Devonte Graham, Kansas, Jr.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, So.
Josh Hart, Villanova, Sr.
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin, Sr.
Malcolm Hill, Illinois, Sr.
Josh Jackson, Kansas, Fr.
Justin Jackson North Carolina, Jr.
Kris Jenkins, Villanova, Sr.
Peter Jok, Iowa, Sr.
Moses Kingsley, Arkansas, Sr.
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin, Sr.
Dedric Lawson, Memphis, So.
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse, So.
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona, Fr.
Frank Mason, Kansas, Sr.
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island, Jr.
Malik Monk, Kentucky, Fr.
Monte Morris, Iowa State, Sr.
Jonathan Motley, Baylor, Sr.
Austin Nichols, Virginia, Sr.
London Perrantes, Virginia, Sr.
Alec Peters, Valparaiso, Sr.
Ivan Rabb, Cal, Sr.
Dennis Smith, N.C. State, Fr.
Edmond Sumner, Xavier, So.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, So.
Jayson Tatum, Duke, Fr.
Melo Trimble, Maryland, Jr.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga, Jr.


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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.