uk logo 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (11/21/13) - Three University of Kentucky freshmen were among 50 players tabbed to the Naismith Trophy Watch List for the National Player of the Year award the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young were represented on the list of 50 players across the country considered candidates for the Naismith Trophy.

Each year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors chooses the 50 pre-season "Naismith Watch" list as well as the mid-season team of 30 candidates. The Naismith voting academy narrows that group down to four finalists who will make up the final ballot. The voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, base its criteria on player performance throughout the season.

The trio has started all five games for the Wildcats this season.

Harrison has averaged 11.0 points per game while dishing out a team-high 18 assists, including six against UT Arlington. He leads the squad with a .786 free throw percentage after connecting on 22-of-28 from the charity stripe thus far.

Randle is the fourth Wildcat in program history to open the season with five-straight double-double efforts and the first freshmen. He's reached the 20-point plateau in four of five contests, while hauling in 13 or more rebounds in four contests. Randle is averaging team-highs in points (20.8) and rebounds (13.6) in the early going.

Young ranks second on the team with an average of 14.2 points per game, while leading the team in assists (7) and made 3-pointers (12). The sharp-shooter has drained at least one 3-pointer in all five games this season and is the only player to achieve that feat. He knocked down a career-high five en route to a career-high 26-point performance against UT Arlington.

Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, creator of the game of basketball, the first trophy was awarded to UCLA's Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in 1969. Anthony Davis became UK's first winner of the award in 2012 after guiding the Cats to their eighth national title. Other winners include: Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Marcus Camby, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan.

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (08/01/15) ― The following happenings and meetings are scheduled for next week: • First United… Read More

Opportunity Available to Become a Martin Scholar

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/1/15) – Thinking of going back to school to finish your degree but need a little cash to make it… Read More
1 DOW 17,689.86
-56.12 (-0.32%)    
2 S&P 2,103.84
-4.79 (-0.23%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,128.28
-0.50 (-0.01%)    

Most Read This Week

July 27, 2015 5832

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 3770

School System Announces Free Lunch/Breakfast at…

by SurfKY News
July 30, 2015 3193

Webster Man Leads Police on Chase through Parts…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 3151

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 28, 2015 2523

Hanson, Owensboro, Bowling Green Youths Win at…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 17, 2015 16218

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News
July 23, 2015 15187

UPDATE: Family Confirms Body of Missing Teen…

by Shawn Freels, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 31, 2015 3151

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1983

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1813

Little Miss, Mister Hopkins County Fair Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 1102

State Fair President Commends Hopkins County Fair…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 955

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 882

'Diggers' Return to Find More Hatfield-McCoy…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 722

Henderson Woman Faces Rape Charges

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 709

House of Onyx's Crystal Gallery Opens in…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 646

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 640

A.G. Conway Announces Two Cybercrimes Arrests for…

by SurfKY News