South Carolina's Devan Downey and Clemson's Trevor Booker were named to the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy for Men's College Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.
The Big East and Atlantic Coast conferences placed nine representatives apiece while the Big 12 and SEC each had eight. Big 12 member Kansas was represented by three players while six other schools featured two candidates.
The Big 12 conference has claimed two of the past three winners with a sophomore (Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, 2009) and a freshman (Kevin Durant, Texas, 2007). The tide may turn in 2010 as upperclassman claim 33 of the 50 spots in the 2009-10 preseason watch list. Seniors (19) and juniors (14) lead the way followed by 12 sophomores and five freshmen.
The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2009-10 college basketball season.
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The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind.
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