Semifinalists continue in competition to earn the Naismith National Boys’ High School Player of the Year Award
ATLANTA (Feb. 6, 2018) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club today announced the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith National Boys’ High School Player of the Year. Only these candidates will be eligible to earn national finalists’ status, which will be announced on Feb. 16. The National Naismith High School All-America team will be announced on March 5, and the award winner will be unveiled on March 8, 2018.
Naismith National High School Boys Semifinalist List:
NAME CLASS POSITION SCHOOL HOMETOWN COLLEGE CHOICE
R.J. Barrett Sr. Forward Montverde Academy Ontario, Canada Duke
Bol Bol Sr. Center Findlay Prep Henderson, NV Oregon
Darius Garland Sr. Guard Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN Vanderbilt
Quentin Grimes Sr. Guard The Woodlands The Woodlands, TX Kansas
Keldon Johnson Sr. Forward Oak Hill Academy South Hill, VA Kentucky
Tre Jones Sr. Guard Apple Valley Apple Valley, MN Duke
Romeo Langford Sr. Guard New Albany New Albany, IN Undeclared
Nassir Little Sr. Forward Orlando Christian Orange Park, FL North Carolina
Cameron Reddish Sr. Forward Westtown School Norristown, PA Duke
Zion Williamson Sr. Forward Spartanburg Day Spartanburg, SC Duke
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Celebrating 50 Years of the Citizen Naismith Trophy!
Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, which have become the most prestigious national honors in all of college basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy recognizes the top Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Players of the Year. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coaches of the Year, Boys’ and Girls’ High School Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year, Basketball Officials and Outstanding Contributors to the game. Celebrating its 50th year by honoring past winners, the Citizen Naismith Trophy was first presented to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1969. Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy in 1983.