Villanova junior Josh Hart has been named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason List earlier on Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, founder of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy is awarded annually to the women's and men's college basketball players of the year. First awarded in 1969 to UCLA's Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Naismith Trophy was sculpted by Marty C. Dawe of Atlanta and has become one of the most prestigious national honors awarded each year to the top women's and men's college basketball players in the nation.
Each year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's board of selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, vote on player performance to ultimately select the winners.
Hart is leading the #1 ranked Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game and is second in rebounding with 7.4 boards.
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield is the favorite to win the award this year, but Hart's presence on the list shows the value and importance that the Maryland native has on this 'Nova squad.
2016 Naismith Midseason List
|Cat Barber||Guard||N.C. State|
|Brice Johnson||Forward||North Carolina|
|Demetrius Jackson||Guard||Notre Dame|
|Denzel Valentine||Guard||Michigan State|
|Fred VanVleet||Guard||Wichita State|
|Gary Payton||Guard||Oregon State|
|Georges Niang||Forward||Iowa State|
|Jalen Jones||Forward||Texas A&M|
|Jameel Warney||Forward||Stony Brook|
|Monte Morris||Guard||Iowa State|