Feb. 11, 2011
ATLANTA - Washington State University men's basketball junior Klay Thompson is one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.
A native of Ladera Ranch, Calif., Thompson leads the league and ranks 12th in the nation in scoring with 20.9 points per game. He ranks fourth on WSU's career scoring list with 1,525 points after becoming the third-fastest Cougar to reach 1,000 points last season as a sophomore. Thompson also ranks in the league's top-five in 3-point field goals made (first, 2.9 mpg), assists (third, 4.3 apg), steals (fourth, 2.0 spg) and free throw percentage (fifth, .808).
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.
Earlier this season, Thompson became the first Cougar to make the preseason list since Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver were both named to the preseason top-50 prior to the 2007-08 season. He is the first to move on to the midseason top-30 since Weaver went on to make the midseason cut that year. This season's midseason list contains three student-athletes from the Pacific-10 Conference. Thompson is joined by Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).
The Naismith Trophy is presented annually to college basketball's men's and women's player of the year. The Atlantic Tipoff Club, founded during the1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969.
Since 2005, AT&T has allowed fans to participate in determining the trophy winner. Using text messaging, fan voting will account for 25 percent of the final results, which is more than any other national college basketball award.
Fans will continuously be updated on progress of the selected athletes, with help from TV and media coverage. Beginning this month, during CBS's coverage of college basketball, the "AT&T at the Half" segment will feature a Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in contention for the award.
2010-11 Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 List
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