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Friday / May 14.
  • Gonzaga trio highlights Naismith Midseason List

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    Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme were named to the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Midseason Team the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday. The list was narrowed to 30 players still vying for the Men’s Player of the Year honor.

    Gonzaga is the only program in the country with three selections on the midseason team. Baylor, Illinois and Villanova all have two names on the list.

    Kispert currently leads the West Coast Conference in scoring at 19.53 points per game, shooting 56.5 percent from the field, which is second in the league. He tops the WCC in three-point field goal percentage (48.3 percent) and is making a conference-best three threes a game.

    Suggs paces the WCC in steals per game averaging 2.18 per game. He is scoring 14.41 points per game, and is fifth in the league dishing out 4.35 assists per outing. The West St. Paul, Minn., native, has been named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Week eight times this season.

    Timme is shooting a conference-high 62.5 percent from the field, including 64.2 percent inside-the-arc. He is second in the WCC averaging 18.89 points per game. The sophomore’s 7.11 rebounds per game ranks fifth in the conference, including third pulling down 2.42 offensive boards per contest.

    The 10 semifinalists will be announced on March 4, and the finalists will be revealed on March 16. The 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy will be awarded during the Final Four at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 4.

    FULL NAMECLASSPOSSCHOOLCONFERENCE
    Jose AlvaradoSr.GGeorgia TechACC
    Charles BasseyJr.CWestern KentuckyC-USA
    Jared ButlerJr.GBaylorBig 12
    Marcus CarrJr.GMinnesotaBig Ten
    Justin ChampagnieSo.FPittACC
    Kofi CockburnSo.CIllinoisBig Ten
    Derek CulverJr.FWest VirginiaBig 12
    Cade CunninghamFr.GOklahoma StateBig 12
    Oscar da SilvaSr.FStanfordPac-12
    Hunter DickinsonFr.CMichiganBig Ten
    Ayo DosunmuJr.GIllinoisBig Ten
    Luka GarzaSr.CIowaBig Ten
    Collin GillespieSr.GVillanovaBIG EAST
    Quentin GrimesJr.GHoustonAAC
    Trayce Jackson-DavisSo.FIndianaBig Ten
    Herbert JonesSr.F/GAlabamaSEC
    Carlik JonesSr.GLouisvilleACC
    Corey KispertSr.FGonzagaWCC
    Cameron KrutwigSr.CLoyola-ChicagoMVC
    E.J. LiddellSo.FOhio StateBig Ten
    Sandro MamukelashviliSr.FSeton HallBIG EAST
    Mac McClungJr.GTexas TechBig 12
    Davion MitchellJr.GBaylorBig 12
    Evan MobleyFr.FUSCPac-12
    Jeremiah Robinson-EarlSo.FVillanovaBIG EAST
    Jalen SuggsFr.GGonzagaWCC
    Cameron ThomasFr.GLSUSEC
    Drew TimmeSo.FGonzagaWCC
    Trevion WilliamsJr.FPurdueBig Ten
    Marcus ZegarowskiJr.GCreightonBIG EAST
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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.