Nov 19, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) brings the ball up court against the Iona Gaels in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Places Six Hoops Stars On Naismith Award Watch List

Six Big 12 players are among the 50 early-season candidates on the watch list for the prestigious Naismith Award, which goes every year to the best player in college basketball.

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.



Tags: Andrew Wiggins Baylor Bears Big 12 Basketball College Basketball Cory Jefferson Isaiah Austin Kansas Jayhawks Marcus Smart Naismith Award Oklahoma State Cowboys Perry Ellis Wayne Selden

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