Russ Smith Makes The Naismith Award Midseason Cut

The top 30 candidates for the Naismith Trophy, given annually to college basketball's best player, have been released, and Russ Smith has made the cut.

Smith is one of four players from the AAC on the list, joining Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, Memphis' Joe Jackson and Connecticut's Shabazz Napier.

Full Name

Year

Position

School

Conference

Kyle Anderson

Sophomore

Guard-Forward

UCLA

Pac-12

Keith Appling

Senior

Guard

Michigan State

Big Ten

Cameron Bairstow

Senior

Forward

New Mexico

Mountain West

James Bell

Senior

Guard

Villanova

Big East

Bryce Cotton

Senior

Guard

Providence

Big East

Cleanthony Early

Senior

Forward

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

Melvin Ejim

Senior

Forward

Iowa State

Big 12

Joel Embiid

Freshman

Center

Kansas

Big 12

Tyler Ennis

Freshman

Guard

Syracuse

ACC

C.J. Fair

Senior

Forward

Syracuse

ACC

Aaron Gordon

Freshman

Forward

Arizona

Pac-12

Gary Harris

Sophomore

Guard

Michigan State

Big Ten

Joe Jackson

Senior

Guard

Memphis

American Athletic

Nick Johnson

Junior

Guard

Arizona

Pac-12

DeAndre Kane

Senior

Guard

Iowa State

Big 12

Sean Kilpatrick

Senior

Guard

Cincinnati

American Athletic

Roy Devyn Marble

Senior

Guard

Iowa

Big Ten

Doug McDermott

Senior

Forward

Creighton

Big East

Shabazz Napier

Senior

Guard

Connecticut

American Athletic

Jabari Parker

Freshman

Forward

Duke

ACC

Lamar Patterson

Senior

Forward

Pittsburgh

ACC

Casey Prather

Senior

Forward

Florida

SEC

Julius Randle

Freshman

Forward

Kentucky

SEC

Marcus Smart

Sophomore

Guard

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Russ Smith

Senior

Guard

Louisville

American Athletic

Nik Stauskas

Sophomore

Guard

Michigan

Big Ten

Xavier Thames

Senior

Guard

San Diego State

Mountain West

Fred VanVleet

Sophomore

Guard

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

Andrew Wiggins

Freshman

Guard

Kansas

Big 12

Chaz Williams

Senior

Guard

Massachusetts

Atlantic 10

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