Damian Lillard is in the final 30 for the 2012 Naismith Award.
Jimmer Fredette, now of the Sacramento Kings, won the 2011 Naismith Award for his performance during the 2010-11 college basketball season. Might the award stay within Utah for a second year in a row? Weber St. Wildcats' guard Damian Lillard would like to think so. He was recently named to the Naismith 'Midseason 30' list, which was released on Wednesday.
Lillard has averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game through the end of the regular season. He has helped the Wildcats to a No. 2 seed in the 2012 Big Sky Tournament. His scoring average is second in the nation, behind only the Oakland Golden Grizzlies Reggie Hamilton (25.5 ppg).
The Naismith Award has given out to the most outstanding college basketball player each year since 1969. Past winners include Kenyon Martin (2000) and Marcus Camby (1996).
The full list is below:
|Harrison Barnes||North Carolina||Forward|
|Isaiah Canaan||Murray State||Guard|
|Matthew Dellavedova||Saint Mary’s (Calif.)||Guard|
|Draymond Green||Michigan State||Forward|
|John Henson||North Carolina||Forward|
|Kevin Jones||West Virginia||Forward|
|Perry Jones III||Baylor||Forward/Center|
|Damian Lillard||Weber State||Guard|
|Dominique Morrison||Oral Roberts||Forward|
|Arnett Moultrie||Mississippi State||Forward|
|Jared Sullinger||Ohio State||Forward|
|Royce White||Iowa State||Forward|
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