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ATLANTA – Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger has been named to the 2010-11 Naismith midseason list of the top 30 men’s basketball talent in the nation, announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. After three months of phenomenal college basketball play, several players are distinguishing themselves as reflected in the list.

The midseason 30 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2010-11 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston.

“These players have shown incredible skill and heart,” said Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director. “They are elevating the game of basketball and making the race for this year’s prestigious Naismith Trophy one of the most exciting in years.”

Since 2005, presenting sponsor AT&T has set the standard in allowing fans to participate in determining the trophy winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging**, fan voting will account for 25 percent of all of the final results – more than any other national college basketball award.

Beginning this month, CBS’ coverage of college basketball will include the “AT&T at the Half” segment featuring a “Naismith Watch” update highlighting the players in contention for the award. 

 “AT&T is proud to support the 2011 Men’s Naismith Trophy, an award which is sure to be the most notable athletic recognition in these student-athletes’ lives,” said Jamie Kerr, senior manager, AT&T National Sponsorships. “We’re also happy to offer these avid college basketball fans the chance to vote for the player who most deserves this prestigious honor.”

Name

School

Position

Class

Alec Burks

Colorado

Guard

Sophomore

Malcolm Delaney

Virginia Tech

Guard

Senior

Marcus Denmon

Missouri

Guard

Junior

Kenneth Faried

Morehead State

Forward/Center

Senior

Jimmer Fredette

BYU

Guard

Senior

Austin Freeman

Georgetown

Guard

Senior

Jordan Hamilton

Texas

Guard/Forward

Sophomore

Ben Hansbrough

Notre Dame

Guard

Senior

Tu Holloway

Xavier

Guard

Junior

Rick Jackson

Syracuse

Forward

Senior

Charles Jenkins

Hofstra

Guard

Senior

JaJuan Johnson

Purdue

Forward/Center

Senior

Terrence Jones

Kentucky

Forward

Freshman

Kawhi Leonard

San Diego State

Forward

Sophomore

Jon Leuer

Wisconsin

Forward

Senior

Demetri McCamey

Illinois

Guard

Senior

Mickey McConnell

Saint Mary’s

Guard

Senior

E’Twaun Moore

Purdue

Guard

Senior

Marcus Morris

Kansas

Forward

Junior

Kyle Singler

Duke

Forward

Senior

Chris Singleton

Florida State

Forward

Junior

Nolan Smith

Duke

Guard

Senior

Jared Sullinger

Ohio State

Forward/Center

Freshman

Isaiah Thomas

Washington

Guard

Junior

Trey Thompkins

Georgia

Forward/Center

Junior

Klay Thompson

Washington State

Guard

Junior

Kemba Walker

Connecticut

Guard

Junior

Brad Wanamaker

Pittsburgh

Guard

Senior

Derrick Williams

Arizona 

Forward

Sophomore

Jordan Williams

Maryland

Forward

Sophomore

Notable former Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton, Johnny Dawkins, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and last year’s recipient Evan Turner. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s player of the year.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com. 

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ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969.  Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.