Naismith Award 2012: 'Midseason 30' Watch List Announced

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:

Player School Position
Harrison Barnes North Carolina Forward
Will Barton Memphis Forward
Kenny Boynton Florida Guard
Isaiah Canaan Murray State Guard
Anthony Davis Kentucky Forward
Matthew Dellavedova Saint Mary’s (Calif.) Guard
Marcus Denmon Missouri Guard
Draymond Green Michigan State Forward
John Henson North Carolina Forward
John Jenkins Vanderbilt Guard
Darius Johnson-Odom Marquette Guard
Kevin Jones West Virginia Forward
Perry Jones III Baylor Forward/Center
Kris Joseph Syracuse Forward
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky Forward
Damian Lillard Weber State Guard
Scott Machado Iona Guard
Doug McDermott Creighton Forward
Dominique Morrison Oral Roberts Forward
Mike Moser UNLV Forward
Arnett Moultrie Mississippi State Forward
Phil Pressey Missouri Guard
Thomas Robinson Kansas Forward
Mike Scott Virginia Forward
Jared Sullinger Ohio State Forward
Jordan Taylor Wisconsin Guard
Dion Waiters Syracuse Guard
Royce White Iowa State Forward
Tony Wroten Washington Guard
Cody Zeller Indiana Forward

For more college basketball, stick with SB Nation NCAA Basketball throughout March Madness.

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