SDSU's Wolters Included In Naismith Award's Top Candidates List

SDSU's Wolters Included In Naismith Award's Top Candidates List

ATLANTA (sdsujacks.com) - The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced its top-30 candidates for the 2013 Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award presented by AT&T on Tuesday, a list that includes South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters.

"Nate is a special player and a worthy candidate for the Naismith Award, and his stats prove that," head coach Scott Nagy said. "He works hard to make himself a better basketball player, which makes us a better basketball team, and it's good to see him get noticed for all of his hard work." 

The Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors selected the top 30 candidates, basing its criteria on player performances to this point in the 2013 men's college basketball season. In late March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy narrows down the list to four finalists, with The Naismith Men's College Player of the Year presented by AT&T awarded on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta.

For the ninth consecutive year, fans can text their votes for the player of their choice and help determine the 2013 Naismith Trophy winner. Voting opens to fans on Monday, March 25. Naismith Trophy presenting sponsor AT&T is making the voting open to other wireless carriers, enabling even more fans to participate.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.

Top 30 Candidates for 2013 Naismith Men's Player of the Year Award:


Last Name

First Name

Class

Position

School

Bennett

Anthony

Freshman

F

UNLV

Berggren

Jared

Senior

F

Wisconsin

Burke

Trey

Sophomore

G

Michigan

Canaan

Isaiah

Senior

G

Murray State

Carter-Williams

Michael

Sophomore

G

Syracuse

Clark

Ian

Senior

G

Belmont

Clarke

Rotnei

Senior

G

Butler

Cooley

Jack

Senior

C

Notre Dame

Crabbe

Allen

Junior

G

California

Curry

Seth

Senior

G

Duke

Dellavedova

Matthew

Senior

G

Saint Mary's

Franklin

Jamaal

Junior

G

San Diego State

Kilpatrick

Sean

Junior

F

Cincinnati

Larkin

Shane

Sophomore

G

Miami

McDermott

Doug

Junior

F

Creighton

McGruder

Rodney

Senior

G

Kansas State

McLemore

Ben

Freshman

G

Kansas

Muhammad

Shabazz

Freshman

G

UCLA

Muscala

Mike

Senior

C

Bucknell

Oladipo

Victor

Junior

G

Indiana

Olynyk

Kelly

Senior

C

Gonzaga

Paul

Brandon

Senior

G

Illinois

Plumlee

Mason

Senior

F

Duke

Porter Jr.

Otto

Sophomore

F

Georgetown

Smart

Marcus

Freshman

G

Oklahoma State

Smith

Russ

Junior

G

Louisville

Thomas

Deshaun

Junior

F

Ohio State

Withey

Jeff

Senior

C

Kansas

Wolters

Nate

Senior

G

South Dakota State

Zeller

Cody

Sophomore

F

Indiana

ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969.  Old Dominion's Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women's Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men's and Women's College Basketball Player of the Year, Men's and Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.