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November 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Isaiah Thomas picked for preseason Naismith Award list

Isaiah Thomas is one of three Pac-10 players selected as a candidate for the Naismith Award as chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The list is comprised of 50 players who, based on last year’s individual performance and expectations for this season, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s player-of-the-year award.
Thomas averaged 16.9 points last season as a sophomore. After two games, he’s averaging 13.0 points, which is tied for 18th in the Pac-10 Conference.
Washington State’s Klay Thompson and Arizona’s Derrick Williams were also selected to the Naismith list.
The complete list is at the bottom of this post.


WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Be sure to vote in our poll on the web’s front sports page. Danny O’Neil came up with brilliant idea and asked: Who will average more points this season, Thomas or the Seahawks? Thomas has the early lead in polling, but I voted for the Hawks. Seattle is averaging 18.4 points, which is 5.4 more than Thomas.
— Washington State sophomore Reggie Moore has a fractured wrist and will miss a few weeks, however, the Cougars improved to 2-0 after last night’s 88-71 win over Idaho. Remember we noted at Pac-10 Media Day that JC transfer Faisal Aden was going to be a star and it looks as if that projection was right on the money. Aden followed a 18-point night in the opener with a game-high 26 last night. Klay Thompson had 23 points and nine assists.
— Arizona State became the first Pac-10 team to lose this season, falling 76-62 at New Mexico. Trent Lockett led ASU with a career-high 22 points and eight rebounds
— For the second straight year, injuries have decimated the UCLA roster in the non-conference season. The Bruins had just eight scholarship players, but they were able to overpower Pacific 57-44 last night. Still, the lack of bodies has derailed UCLA’s up-tempo offense.
— California unveiled a three-guard lineup led by Jorge Gutierrez in its 80-63 win over Cal State Northridge. Freshmen guards Allen Crabbe and Gary Franklin started, which was the first time in 11 years the Bears started two freshmen in the opener.
— Oregon State finally received a signed LOI from 6-foot-10 forward Daniel Gomis, who is rated the No. 22 power forward and 95th best player in the nation by Scout.com and the 38th best power forward by ESPN.com.
— And speaking of the Beavers, they’re going to wear turquoise uniforms designed by Nike to promote awareness for Nike’s N7 division, which helps Native Americans gain access to sports.
— Don’t forget about McNeese State. After their 54-point loss to UW, the Cowboys edged Georgia State 68-62 last night, which should help the Huskies RPI rating.
— In case you missed it, SI.com’s Luke Winn picked Washington to upset No. 2 Michigan State and win the Maui Invitational.
— Kentucky coach John Calipari talks recruiting and other topics.
— Michigan State improved to 2-0 after an 82-73 win over South Carolina.
2010-11 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List:
Name, School, Position, Class
Lavoy Allen, Temple, Forward, Senior
Kevin Anderson, Richmond, Guard, Senior
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, Forward, Freshman
Will Barton, Memphis, Guard, Freshman
Talor Battle, Penn State, Guard, Senior
Keith Benson, Oakland, Center, Senior
William Buford, Ohio State, Guard, Junior
Alec Burks, Colorado, Guard, Sophomore
Randy Culpepper, UTEP, Guard, Senior
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech, Guard, Senior
Kim English, Missouri, Guard, Junior
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State, Forward/Center, Senior
Corey Fisher, Villanova, Guard, Senior
Jimmer Fredette, BYU, Guard, Senior
Austin Freeman, Georgetown, Guard, Senior
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, Guard, Junior
Elias Harris, Gonzaga, Forward, Sophomore
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, Guard, Senior
Kyrie Irving, Duke, Guard, Freshman
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra, Guard, Senior
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue, Forward/Center, Senior
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, Forward, Junior
Perry Jones, Baylor, Forward, Freshman
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, Forward, Junior
Brandon Knight, Kentucky, Guard, Freshman
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State, Forward, Sophomore
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin, Forward, Senior
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State, Guard, Senior
Shelvin Mack, Butler, Guard, Junior
Demetri McCarney, Illinois, Guard, Senior
E’Twaun Moore, Purdue, Guard, Senior
Marcus Morris, Kansas, Forward, Junior
Chandler Parsons, Florida, Forward, Senior
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, Guard, Senior
Kyle Singler, Duke, Forward, Senior
Chris Singleton, Florida State, Forward, Junior
John Shurna, Northwestern, Forward, Junior
Nolan Smith, Duke, Guard, Senior
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, Forward/Center, Freshman
Durrell Summers, Michigan State, Guard, Senior
Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt, Guard/Forward, Junior
Isaiah Thomas, Washington, Guard, Junior
Trey Thompkins, Georgia, Forward/Center, Junior
Klay Thompson, Washington State, Guard, Junior
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, Guard, Junior
Chris Warren, Mississippi, Guard, Senior
Derrick Williams, Arizona, Forward, Sophomore
Jordan Williams, Maryland, Forward, Sophomore
Chris Wright, Dayton, Forward, Senior
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, Forward, Junior

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