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Taylor named to Naismith watch list


MADISON, Wis. -- Jordan Taylor added the Naismith Trophy watch list to his lengthy list of 2011-12 preseason honors as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club this week. Taylor has already been tabbed a preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Blue Ribbon Yearbook and Athlon Magazine as well as named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top-50.

The 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 2012 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four in New Orleans.

Taylor is one of seven Big Ten players on the 2011-12 Naismith preseason list, including Aaron Craft, William Buford and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan and Robbie Hummel of Purdue.

Wisconsin has now had four players included on the Naismith preseason list over the last six seasons: Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker in 2007, Jon Leuer in 2010 and Taylor this season.

"Between conference realignments, rule changes and an incredible amount of talent at the college level this year, the 2012 Naismith Player of the Year is truly anybody's for the taking," said Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director. "We're excited to be a part of such an historic year in college basketball and look forward to crowning the best player in college basketball in April."

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists. 

Other notable Naismith Men's College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and last year's winner, Jimmer Fredette. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball's player of the year.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.

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