Duke’s Zion Williamson headlines the list of 10 players on the Naismith Trophy semifinalist list released Wednesday.Williamson is bidding to become just the second freshmen ever to win the Naismith Award and become the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft — following Kentucky’s Anthony Davis in 2012. The 6-foot-7 Williamson has missed four games with a knee sprain but is expected back for next week’s ACC Tournament. Williamson and Duke teammate R.J. Barrett are the only freshmen on the Naismith list.
Four finalists will be announced March 19, at which point fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player leading up to the final announcement. The 2019 Citizen Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 7, during the Final Four in Minneapolis. Only players among the semifinalists are eligible to advance to the next round.