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Tuesday / June 25.
  • Purdue’s Edey, Houston’s Sasser and Kentucky’s Tshiebwe among contenders for Naismith Defensive award

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    By ROB ROSE

    The watch list for the 2023 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year was released on Wednesday and included several of the sport’s top players.

    Houston senior Guard Marcus Sasser averaged 2 steals per game, Purdue junior Zach Edey averaged 2.3 blocks per game and Kentucky senior Oscar Tshiebwe led the NCAA with 14 rebounds per game.

    Indiana senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis received the honor after he was third in the NCAA in blocks per game at 3.2.

    UCLA junior guard Jaylen Clark joined them on the list after he averaged 2.7 steals per game, tied for sixth in the NCAA with Northwestern senior guard Chase Audige.

    The full 2023 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year watch list is below:

    NAMECLASSPOSSCHOOL
    Chase AudigeSeniorGNorthwestern
    Leaky BlackGrad StudentFNorth Carolina
    Moussa CisseJuniorFOklahoma State
    Jaylen ClarkJuniorGUCLA
    Zach EdeyJuniorCPurdue
    Andre Jackson Jr.JuniorGUConn
    Trayce Jackson-DavisSeniorFIndiana
    Ryan KalkbrennerJuniorCCreighton
    Caleb McConnellFifth YearGRutgers
    Kevin McCullar Jr.SeniorGKansas
    Shakeel MooreJuniorGMississippi State
    Marcus SasserSeniorGHouston
    Jamarion SharpJuniorCWestern Kentucky
    Oscar TshiebweSeniorFKentucky
    Zakai ZeiglerSophomoreGTennessee
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