ATLANTE — A trio of Duke Blue Devils – Jeremy Roach, Animated Derek II and Dariq Whitehead — are three of the 50 players named to the initial Naismith Trophy watch list, presented annually to the Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club today announced the players to watch during the season-long competition for the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year honor. Whitehead, the 2022 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Boy High School Player of the Year, was on the list, along with junior teammate Roach and classmate Lively.
The ACC leads all conferences with nine candidates on the slate. Eleven schools claim two or more candidates with Duke and North Carolina tied at three each.
“These 50 players represent the best college basketball has to offer. We anticipate another fantastic season from these players as well as many other incredible athletes who may find themselves on our roster as the season progresses.” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Each of these players are great ambassadors for their team, their universities and college basketball.”
The 30 mid-season squad will be announced in February, then the competition will be narrowed down to 10 domestic semi-finalists in early March. Following these results, four finalists will be named on March 21, 2023, and the winner of the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for Male Player of the Year will be announced on April 2, 2023.
Duke has a record eight previous Naismith Trophy winners, with Sion Williamson the most recent Blue Devil winner in 2019. No other school has more than five previous winners.