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Villanova’s Josh Hart & Kris Jenkins named to Naismith Award Watch List

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The duo is poised to lead ‘Nova to post-season success in 2017.

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Villanova seniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins have been named by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the watch list of 50 players in consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year.

As a junior, Hart averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game for the National Champion Villanova Wildcats. He was named the BIG EAST Conference preseason Player of the Year last week.

Jenkins averaged 13.6 points and 3.9 boards per game as a junior. His three-pointer as time expired gave Villanova their second National Championship in the program’s history.

Subsequent cuts will trim the field to 30 players on Feb. 9th, 10 semifinalists on March 1st and four finalists will be announced on March 19th. The award will be presented at the Naismith Awards banquet during the Final Four.

The players hope to join past winners such as Lew Alcindor (1969), Pete Maravich (1970), Bill Walton (1972-74), Larry Bird (1979), Ralph Sampson (1981-83), Michael Jordan (1984) and Danny Manning (1988).

Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List

Last Name First Name Year Position School Conference
Adebayo Edrice (Bam) Freshman F Kentucky SEC
Allen Grayson Junior G Duke ACC
Allen Jarrett Freshman F Texas Big 12
Bacon Dwayne Sophomore G Florida State ACC
Ball Lonzo Freshman G UCLA Pac 12
Beachem V.J. Senior F Notre Dame ACC
Berry II Joel Junior G North Carolina ACC
Blackmon Jr. James Junior G Indiana Big Ten
Blossomgame Jaron Senior F Clemson ACC
Bluiett Trevon Junior G Xavier Big East
Boucher Chris Senior F Oregon Pac 12
Bridges Miles Freshman G/F Michigan State Big Ten
Brooks Dillon Junior F Oregon Pac 12
Bryant Thomas Sophomore C Indiana Big Ten
Caupain Troy Senior G Cincinnati American Athletic
Davis Tyler Sophomore C Texas A&M SEC
Evans Jawun Sophomore G Oklahoma State Big 12
Fox De'Aaron Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Fultz Markelle Freshman G Washington Pac 12
Gibbs Jack Senior G Davidson Atlantic 10
Giles Harry Freshman F Duke ACC
Graham Devonte' Junior G Kansas Big 12
Happ Ethan R-Sophomore F Wisconsin Big Ten
Hart Josh Senior G Villanova Big East
Hayes Nigel Senior F Wisconsin Big Ten
Hill Malcom Senior G Illinois Big Ten
Jackson Josh Freshman G Kansas Big 12
Jackson Justin Junior F/G North Carolina ACC
Jenkins Kris Senior F Villanova Big East
Jok Peter Senior G Iowa Big Ten
Kingsley Moses Senior F Arkansas SEC
Koenig Bronson Senior G Wisconsin Big Ten
Lawson Dedric Sophomore G/F Memphis American Athletic
Lydon Tyler Sophomore F Syracuse ACC
Markkanen Lauri Freshman F Arizona Pac 12
Mason III Frank Senior G Kansas Big 12
Matthews E.C. Junior G Rhode Island Atlantic 10
Monk Malik Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Morris Monte Senior G Iowa State Big 12
Motley Jonathan Junior F Baylor Big 12
Nichols Austin Junior F Virginia ACC
Perrantes London Senior G Virginia ACC
Peters Alec Senior F Valparaiso Horizon League
Rabb Ivan Sophomore F California Pac 12
Smith Jr. Dennis Freshman G NC State ACC
Sumner Edmond Sophomore G Xavier Big East
Swanigan Caleb Sophomore F Purdue Big Ten
Tatum Jayson Freshman F Duke ACC
Trimble Melo Junior G Maryland Big Ten
Williams-Goss Nigel Junior G Gonzaga West Coast