Dec. 18, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Chase Budinger was named to the 2008-09 Naismith Trophy preseason watch list, it was announced Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
The Wildcat junior is included among a list of 50 student-athletes who are under consideration for the 2009 Naismith Trophy, which has been given to college basketball's player of the year annually since 1969. Budinger is one of six Pac-10 players on the list, which ranks third nationally.
Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 218-pound forward from Encinitas, Calif., is averaging 18.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game through nine games in 2008-09, while leading the team with 24 three-point field goals and a .600 (24-of-40) three-point field goal percentage. He has scored in double nine times to date, and is averaging 36.0 minutes per game.
In February, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow this list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Final balloting will take place in March. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four in Detroit, Mich.
Arizona (7-2) is next in action on Saturday, Dec. 20, against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Tip-off is scheduled for noon PST and can be seen nationally on the Versus network.
2008-09 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List:
Last First Class Position School Abrams A.J. Sr. Guard Texas Adrien Jeff Sr. Forward Connecticut Akognon Josh Sr. Guard Cal. St. Fullerton Blair DeJuan So. Forward Pittsburgh Brockman Jon Sr. Forward Washington Brown Derrick Jr. Forward Xavier Budinger Chase Jr. Forward Arizona Calathes Nick So. Guard/Forward Florida Clark Earl Jr. Guard/Forward Louisville Collins Sherron Jr. Guard Kansas Collison Darren Sr. Guard UCLA Cummard Lee Sr. Guard Brigham Young Curry Stephen Jr. Guard Davidson Downey Devan Jr. Guard South Carolina Dozier Robert Sr. Forward Memphis Ellington Wayne Jr. Guard North Carolina Gibson Taj Jr. Forward Southern California Griffin Blake So. Forward Oklahoma Hansbrough Tyler Sr. Forward North Carolina Harangody Luke Jr. Forward Notre Dame Harden James So. Guard Arizona State Henderson Gerald Jr. Guard/Forward Duke Heytvelt Josh Sr. Forward Gonzaga Hudson Lester Sr. Guard Tennessee-Martin Hummel Robbie So. Forward Purdue James Dominic Sr. Guard Marquette James Damion Jr. Guard/Forward Texas Jerrells Curtis Sr. Guard Baylor Lawal Gani So. Forward Georgia Tech Lawson Ty Jr. Guard North Carolina Maynor Eric Sr. Guard Virginia Commonwealth Mayo Josh Sr. Guard Illinois-Chicago McAlarney Kyle Sr. Guard Notre Dame McClinton Jack Sr. Guard Miami McNeal Jerel Sr. Guard Marquette Mills Patrick So. Guard Saint Mary's Moore E'Twaun So. Guard Purdue Morgan Raymar Jr. Forward Michigan State Ogilvy A.J. So. Center Vanderbilt Pargo Jeremy Sr. Guard Gonzaga Patterson Patrick So. Forward Kentucky Price A.J. Sr. Guard Connecticut Reynolds Scottie Jr. Guard Villanova Rice Tyrese Sr. Guard Boston College Smith Tyler Jr. Forward Tennessee Steele Ronald Sr. Guard Alabama Thabeet Hasheem Jr. Center Connecticut Vaden Robert Sr. Guard/Forward Alabama-Birmingham Wilkinson Gary Sr. Forward Utah State Young Sam Sr. Forward Pittsburgh