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Williams Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/16/2010
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Nov. 16, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Derrick Williams has been selected as a candidate for the Naismith Award, announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes 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.

A 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore forward from La Mirada, Calif., Williams earned Pac-10 Conference Freshman-of-the-Year honors after posting team-leading totals of 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and a .574 (162-of-282) field goal percentage in 31 games (30 starts) a season ago. He finished in double figures 28 times and had nine 20-point games and four double-doubles to his credit. He was a first team all-Pac-10 selection in addition to garnering second team all-District 20 honors from the NABC and freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.

Williams ended the 2009-10 season ranked eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring, sixth in rebounding, fourth in FG percentage, and third in defensive rebounds (4.9). He scored a season-high 28 points on Dec. 2 vs. UNLV and set a school record with 21 free throw attempts on Nov. 23 vs. Wisconsin. His 486 points scored as a freshman was the sixth-highest total in school history.

He scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go with five rebounds and a blocked shot in just 20 minutes of action in Arizona's 90-42 season-opening win over Idaho State on Nov. 14.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will release the midseason team of 30, followed in March by the four finalists.

The Naismith Trophy has been given annually since 1969 to college basketball's player of the year.

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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