Speights on Naismith preseason watch list
GAINESVILLE - Sophomore forward/center Marreese Speights is among 50 players named to the Naismith Preseason Award Watch List on Thursday.
The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s players of the year.
Compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, the pre-season criteria is based on player performances from last season and expectations for the 2007-08 season. A native of St. Petersburg, Speights played in all 33 games last season, averaging 4.2 points in 5.7 minutes per game.
Seniors and juniors accounted for 17 apiece, along with 16 sophomores on the watch list.
The list does not include incoming freshmen, but they will be considered in the first vote in January, 2008.
The list will be narrowed to 30 in January, with the final ballot in March. The winner will be awarded at the Final Four in April.