3 Canadians Named to Naismith Player of the Year Watch List
The Naismith Trophy announced its midseason list of candidates for the player of the year award–three Canadian were on it, a list comprised of 35 players across America.
Jamal Murray (Kitchener, ON / Kentucky)
- Averaging 18.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.3 APG for the 18-6 Kentucky Wildcats.
- 5th in Scoring Among NCAA Freshman
- 40% 3P FG
- First freshman in UK history with 2 3-point games (33, 35)
- Has hit at least one 3-pointer in every game
- On pace to set scoring record in John Calipari Era
- 1 of 2 freshman to make list (Ben Simmons)
Dillon Brooks (Mississauga, ON / Oregon)
- Averaging 16.9 PPG, 6 RPG, 3.2 APG for 20-4 Oregon Ducks
- 3rd in PAC-12 in scoring
- Frontrunner PAC-12 Player of the Year
- Career-high 30 points VS Utah
Kyle Wiltjer (British Columbia / Gonzaga)
- Averaging 21.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG for 19-5 Gonzaga
- 14 20+ point
- 5 30+ point games
- 4 Double-Doubles
- Leads Gonzaga with 61 3-pointers
- 2-time WCC player of the week
Winner of the Naismith award will be announced April 3 at the NCAA Final Four.