Napier Named to Naismith Midseason Watch

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On Thursday, the Atlanta TipOff Club announced its midseason top-30 list of the Naismith Men's Player of the Year Award that annually goes to the nation's best player. Not surprisingly, UConn guard Shabazz Napier was one of the finalists. Here are the other 29 names:

Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
Keith Appling (Michigan State)
Cameron Bairstow (New Mexico)
James Bell (Villanova)
Bryce Cotton (Providence)
Cleanthony Early (Wichita State)
Melvin Ejim (Iowa State)
Joel Embiid (Kansas)
Tyler Ennis (Syracuse)
C.J. Fair (Syracuse)
Aaron Gordon (Arizona)
Gary Harris (Michigan State)
Joe Jackson (Memphis)
Nick Johnson (Arizona)
DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati)
Roy Devyn Marble (Iowa)
Doug McDermott (Creighton)
Jabari Parker (Duke)
Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh)
Casey Prather (Florida)
Julius Randle (Kentucky)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Russ Smith (Louisville)
Nik Stauskas (Michigan)
Xavier Thames (San Diego State)
Fred VanVleet (Wichita State)
Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
Chaz Williams (UMass)

A year ago, Michigan's Trey Burke won the award.

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