The players from the Big 12 who are in consideration for the coveted college basketball award are Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson, both from Baylor, Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State. With six players on the early-season candidate list for the award, the Big 12 ranks fourth among all conferences.
Selden and Wiggins are both freshmen; Ellis, Smart and Austin are sophomores; Jefferson is a senior.
The initial candidate list for the Naismith Award is put togerther by a board of selectors, comprised of college coaches, administrators and media from across the country. The top-50 list will be narrowed to the top 30 in February, based on the actual performance of the candidates. In March, the candidates will be further pared to come up the final four. The winner is selected by a board of selectors along with a fan vote.
Former Oklahoma Star Blake Griffin, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, was the Naismith Award winner in 2009.