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Towson F Benimon named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

The senior forward averages 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the 3-1 Tigers

TOWSON, Md. – The Atlanta Tip-Off Club has named Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon to the 50-person preseason watch list for the 2013-14 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.

The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2013-2014 college basketball season. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded during the Final Four.

Being named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List is the latest in a long line of preseason acclaim for the Tiger senior. In addition to being named the Preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year, Benimon was also selected as a Lou Henson Preseason All-American and is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.

Benimon, the nation’s leading returning rebounder, averaged 17.1 points and 11.2 rebounds last season to lead Towson to an 18-13 record. He tied for second in the country with 20 double-doubles in 31 games and ranked third in the nation in rebounds per game.

Through four games of his senior season, Benimon is averaging 17.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The forward scored a career-high 32 points in Towson’s win over Temple on November 14 and has scored in double figures in three straight games going into Friday’s matchup against No. 2/3 Kansas.

Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List – Men’s Top 50

NAME                                   CLASS                   POSITION              SCHOOL                               CONFERENCE
Jordan Adams                   So.                         G                            UCLA                                    Pac-12
Kyle Anderson                   So.                         G-F                        UCLA                                    Pac-12
Isaiah Austin                      So.                         C                            Baylor                                  Big 12
Jerrelle Benimon               Sr.                         F                            Towson                                CAA
Jahii Carson                       So.                         G                            Arizona State                     Pac-12
Semaj Christon                  So.                         G                            Xavier                                  Big East
Aaron Craft                        Sr.                         G                            Ohio State                          Big Ten
Sam Dekker                        So.                         F                            Wisconsin                           Big Ten
Spencer Dinwiddie            Jr.                          G                            Colorado                             Pac-12
Cleanthony Early               Sr.                         F                            Wichita State                     Missouri Valley
Perry Ellis                            So.                         F                            Kansas                                Big 12
C.J. Fair                               Sr.                         F                            Syracuse                             ACC
Yogi Ferrell                         So.                         G                            Indiana                                Big Ten
Aaron Gordon                    Fr.                          F                            Arizona                               Pac-12
Treveon Graham                Jr.                          G                            VCU                                      Atlantic 10
Jerian Grant                       Sr.                         G                            Notre Dame                        ACC
Montrezl Harrell                So.                         F                            Louisville                            American Athletic
Gary Harris                         So.                         G                            Michigan State                  Big Ten
Joe Harris                           Sr.                         G                            Virginia                                ACC
Andrew Harrison               Fr.                          G                            Kentucky                             SEC
Tyler Haws                          Jr.                          G                            BYU                                      West Coast
Marshall Henderson         Sr.                         G                            Ole Miss                                             SEC
Rodney Hood                      So.                         F                            Duke                                    ACC
Joe Jackson                       Sr.                         G                            Memphis                             American Athletic
Cory Jefferson                   Sr.                         F                            Baylor                                  Big 12
Sean Kilpatrick                  Sr.                         G                            Cincinnati                           American Athletic
Alex Kirk                              Jr.                          C                            New Mexico                        Mountain West
Doug McDermott               Sr.                         F                            Creighton                            Big East
Mitch McGary                     So.                         F                            Michigan                             Big Ten
Jordan McRae                    Sr.                         G                            Tennessee                          SEC
James Michael McAdoo   Jr.                          F                            North Carolina                   ACC
Shabazz Napier                 Sr.                         G                            UConn                                  American Athletic
Johnny O’Bryant III            Jr.                          F                            LSU                                      SEC
Kevin Pangos                     Jr.                          G                            Gonzaga                             West Coast
Jabari Parker                     Fr.                          F                            Duke                                    ACC
Adreian Payne                   Sr.                         C                            Michigan State                  Big Ten
Julius Randle                     Fr.                          F                            Kentucky                             SEC
Juvonte Reddic                  Sr.                         F                            VCU                                      Atlantic 10
Glenn Robinson III             So.                         F                            Michigan                             Big Ten
LaQuinton Ross                 Jr.                          F                            Ohio State                          Big Ten
Wayne Selden, Jr.              Fr.                          G                            Kansas                                Big 12
Marcus Smart                    So.                         G                            Oklahoma State                 Big 12
Russ Smith                         Sr.                         G                            Louisville                            American Athletic
Jarnell Stokes                    Jr.                          F                            Tennessee                          SEC
Rasheed Sulaimon            So.                         G                            Duke                                    ACC
Noah Vonleh                       Fr.                          F                            Indiana                                Big Ten
Andrew Wiggins                 Fr.                          G                            Kansas                                Big 12
Kendall Williams                Sr.                         G                            New Mexico                        Mountain West
Chaz Williams                     Sr.                         G                            UMass                                 Atlantic 10
James Young                     Fr.                          G                            Kentucky                             SEC

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