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

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.