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Villanova’s Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson on 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year List

The pair of Wildcats are among the list of 30.

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Villanova senior Josh Hart and sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson have been named by the Atlanta Tipoff Club as one of 30 players in consideration for the 2017 James A. Naismith Trophy, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding men's college basketball player.

Hart is leading the BIG EAST in scoring average with 19.2 points per game. He is also adding 6.6 rebounds (3rd in BIG EAST), and 3.4 assists (9th) for each contest this season and is one of Vegas’s favorites to win the award

Brunson is averaging 14.4 points per game while dishing out 4.2 assists per game. He is in the Top 5 of four offensive BIG EAST categories.

Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and UCLA also have two players on the list.

The BIG EAST is also represented on the list by Creighton’s Marcus Foster.

The 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy will be announced March 1, with the list being whittled down to four finalists on March 19. The winner will revealed on April 2.

Brunson, Hart, and the rest of the #2 Villanova Wildcats take on Xavier in Cincinnati on Saturday.

 2017 Naismith Top 30 Men’s Players List

Dwayne Bacon Sophomore G Florida State ACC
Lonzo Ball Freshman G UCLA Pac 12
Joel Berry II Junior G North Carolina ACC
Dillon Brooks Junior F Oregon Pac 12
Jalen Brunson Sophomore G Villanova Big East
Bonzie Colson Junior F Notre Dame ACC
Jawun Evans Sophomore PG Oklahoma State Big 12
Marcus Foster Junior G Creighton Big East
De'Aaron Fox Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Markelle Fultz Freshman G Washington Pac 12
Ethan Happ R-Sophomore F Wisconsin Big Ten
Josh Hart Senior G Villanova Big East
Josh Jackson Freshman G Kansas Big 12
Justin Jackson Junior F/G North Carolina ACC
Marcus Keene Junior G Central Michigan MAC
Luke Kennard Sophomore G Duke ACC
Jock Landale Junior C St. Mary's West Coast
TJ Leaf Freshman F UCLA Pac 12
Lauri Markkanen Freshman F Arizona Pac 12
Frank Mason III Senior G Kansas Big 12
Donovan Mitchell Sophomore G Louisville ACC
Malik Monk Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Monte Morris Senior G Iowa State Big 12
Jonathan Motley Junior F Baylor Big 12
Alec Peters Senior F Valparaiso Horizon League
Dennis Smith Jr. Freshman G NC State ACC
Caleb Swanigan Sophomore F Purdue Big Ten
Sindarius Thornwell Senior G South Carolina SEC
Melo Trimble Junior G Maryland Big Ten
Nigel Williams-Goss R-Junior G Gonzaga West Coast