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Villanova's James Bell on Midseason Naismith List

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Villanova senior James Bell, as been named one of the top 30 midseason candidates for the 2014 Men's Naismith Trophy.

The Award, is named in honor of Dr. James Naismith- founder of the game of basketball and is awarded annually to "the women's and men's college basketball players of the year."

The 6'6" Bell is leading Jay Wright's Wildcats in scoring with 16ppg this season strengthened by his 40% shooting of 3-Pointers. Along with JayVaughn Pinkston, Bell is also 3 boards behind Daniel Ochefu for the team lead in rebounding.

Bell has taken home BIG EAST Player of the Week twice this season and named to the conference Honor Roll five other times. Addtionally, the Orlando native has claimed the Big Five Player of the Week honor for three consecutive weeks.

Naismith Midseason Candidate List

Full Name Year Position School Conference
Kyle Anderson Sophomore Guard-Forward UCLA Bruins Pac-12
Keith Appling Senior Guard Michigan State Spartans Big Ten
Cameron Bairstow Senior Forward New Mexico Lobos Mountain West
James Bell Senior Guard Villanova Wildcats Big East
Bryce Cotton Senior Guard Providence Friars Big East
Cleanthony Early Senior Forward Wichita St. Shockers Missouri Valley
Melvin Ejim Senior Forward Iowa St. Cyclones Big 12
Joel Embiid Freshman Center Kansas Jayhawks Big 12
Tyler Ennis Freshman Guard Syracuse Orange ACC
C.J. Fair Senior Forward Syracuse Orange ACC
Aaron Gordon Freshman Forward Arizona Wildcats Pac-12
Gary Harris Sophomore Guard Michigan St.  Spartans Big Ten
Joe Jackson Senior Guard Memphis Tigers American Athletic
Nick Johnson Junior Guard Arizona Wildcats Pac-12
DeAndre Kane Senior Guard Iowa St. Cyclones Big 12
Sean Kilpatrick Senior Guard Cincinnati Bearcats American Athletic
Roy Devyn Marble Senior Guard Iowa Hawkeyes Big Ten
Doug McDermott Senior Forward Creighton Bluejays Big East
Shabazz Napier Senior Guard Connecticut Huskies American Athletic
Jabari Parker Freshman Forward Duke Blue Devils ACC
Lamar Patterson Senior Forward Pittsburgh Panthers ACC
Casey Prather Senior Forward Florida Gators SEC
Julius Randle Freshman Forward Kentucky Wildcats SEC
Marcus Smart Sophomore Guard Oklahoma St. Cowboys Big 12
Russ Smith Senior Guard Louisville Cardinals American Athletic
Nik Stauskas Sophomore Guard Michigan Wolverines Big Ten
Xavier Thames Senior Guard San Diego St. Aztecs Mountain West
Fred Van Vleet Sophomore Guard Wichita St. Shockers Missouri Valley
Andrew Wiggins Freshman Guard Kansas Jayhawks Big 12
Chaz Williams Senior Guard UMass Minutemen Atlantic 10