TUSCALOOSA Two University of Alabama basketball players are among the Top 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, the award presented by the Atlanta Touchdown Club to the men’s player of the year.
Both Crimson Tide junior point guard Ronald Steele and senior center Jermareo Davidson were named to the Top 50. In January the Naismith Trophy Voting Academy will narrow the preseason list to the Top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who may distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March. The winner will be announced in April at the Final Four in Atlanta.
The pre-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, listed in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Lester Abram, G, Michigan; Arron Affalo, G, UCLA; De'Angelo Alexander, G, UNC- Charlotte; Morris Almond, G, Rice; Corey Brewer, F, Florida; Coleman Collins, F, Virginia Tech; Jameson Curry, G, Oklahoma State; Jemareo Davidson, C, Alabama; Glen Davis, F, LSU; Jared Dudley, F, Boston College; Nick Fazekas, F, Nevada; Shan Foster, F/G, Vanderbilt;
Nate Funk, G, Creighton; Aaron Gray, C, Pittsburgh; Jeff Green, F, Georgetown; Taurean Green, G, Florida; Caleb Green, F, Oral Roberts; Malik Hairston, G, Oregon; Adam Haluska, G, Iowa; Lamont Hamilton, F, St. John's; Tyler Hansbrough, F, UNC; Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown; Al
Horford, F/C, Florida; Jarrius Jackson, G, Texas Tech; Dominic James, G, Marquette; Joseph Jones, F/C, Texas A&M; Acie Law, G, Texas A&M; Courtney Lee, G/F, Western Kentucky; Chris Lofton, G, Tennessee; Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, F, UCLA; Josh McRoberts, F, Duke; Sammy Mejia, G, DePaul; Randolph Morris, F, Kentucky; Anthony Morrow, G, Georgia Tech;
DeMarcus Nelson, G, Duke; Joakim Noah, F/C, Florida; Richard Roby, G, Colorado; Brandon Rush, G, Kansas; Mustafa Shakur, G, Arizona; Sean Singeltary, G, Virginia; Ronald Steele, G, Alabama; Loren Stokes, G, Hofstra; Curtis Sumpter, F, Villanova; Kammron Taylor, G, Wisconsin; Reyshawn Terry, F, UNC; Al Thorton, F, Florida State; Alando Tucker,
F, Wisconsin; D.J. White, F, Indiana; Marcus Williams, F, Arizona;
Julian Wright, F, Kansas