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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Cole Anthony, Myles Powell, Cassius Winston, James Wiseman headline Naismith Watch List

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    Cole Anthony, Myles Powell, Cassius Winston and James Wiseman headline the Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.

    Overall, the SEC tops the list with nine players represented, while the Big Ten and ACC are close runners-up with eight and seven candidates on the watch list, respectively. Seven schools lead the watch list with two players apiece, including Duke, which has won more Citizen Naismith Trophies (8) than any other school with the addition of last year’s winner, Zion Williamson.

    Additional schools with two players represented include Davidson, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland and Michigan State. The 2019 Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Player of the Year award winner, Isaiah Stewart, now a freshman at the University of Washington, also made this year’s college watch list. Players who do not make the watch list are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team. 

    See the full list below.

    Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List

    NAME CLASS POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE
    Bryce Aiken Sr. G Harvard IVY
    Cole Anthony Fr. G North Carolina ACC
    Udoka Azubuike Sr. C Kansas Big 12
    Kamar Baldwin Sr. G Butler BIG EAST
    Charles Bassey So. C Western Kentucky C-USA
    Kerry Blackshear Jr. Sr. F Florida SEC
    Vernon Carey Jr. Fr. C Duke ACC
    Yoeli Childs Sr. F BYU WCC
    Tristan Clark Jr. F Baylor Big 12
    Anthony Cowan Jr. Sr. G Maryland Big Ten
    Jarron Cumberland Sr. G Cincinnati AAC
    Mamadi Diakite Sr. F Virginia ACC
    Alpha Diallo Sr. G Providence BIG EAST
    Ayo Dosunmu So. G Illinois Big Ten
    Devon Dotson So. G Kansas Big 12
    Anthony Edwards Fr. G Georgia SEC
    Jordan Ford Sr. G St. Mary’s WCC
    Kellan Grady Jr. G Davidson A-10
    Jon Axel Gudmundsson Sr. G Davidson A-10
    Ashton Hagans So. G Kentucky SEC
    Tyrese Haliburton So. G Iowa State Big 12
    Markus Howard Sr. G Marquette BIG EAST
    Markell Johnson Sr. G NC State ACC
    Tre Jones So. G Duke ACC
    Anthony Lamb Sr. F Vermont America East
    Kira Lewis Jr. So. G Alabama SEC
    Nico Mannion Fr. G Arizona Pac-12
    Naji Marshall Jr. F Xavier BIG EAST
    Tyrese Maxey Fr. G Kentucky SEC
    Skylar Mays Sr. G LSU SEC
    Sam Merrill Sr. G Utah State Mountain West
    John Mooney Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
    Andrew Nembhard So. G Florida SEC
    Jordan Nwora Jr. F Louisville ACC
    Reggie Perry So. F Mississippi State SEC
    Myles Powell Sr. G Seton Hall BIG EAST
    Payton Pritchard Sr. G Oregon Pac-12
    Zavier Simpson Sr. G Michigan Big Ten
    Jalen Smith So. F Maryland Big Ten
    Lamar Stevens Sr. F Penn State Big Ten
    Isaiah Stewart Fr. F Washington Pac-12
    Killian Tillie Sr. F Gonzaga WCC
    Xavier Tillman Jr. F Michigan State Big Ten
    Tres Tinkle Sr. F Oregon State Pac-12
    Obi Toppin So. F Dayton A-10
    Breein Tyree Sr. G Ole Miss SEC
    Kaleb Wesson Jr. F Ohio State Big Ten
    Cassius Winston Sr. G Michigan State Big Ten
    James Wiseman Fr. C Memphis AAC
    McKinley Wright IV Jr. G Colorado Pac-12


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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.