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Sunday / September 22.
  • Zion Williamson headlines list of 10 Naismith Trophy semifinalists

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    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.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.