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David Johnson Named To Naismith Award Watch List

The David Johnson offseason hype train is continuing to chug along.

The Louisville native is one of fifty players to be named to the initial watch list for the annual Naismith Award, given to college basketball’s top player.

UofL Press Release

ATLANTA, Ga. – University of Louisville sophomore guard David Johnson is one of 50 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Men’s Basketball Player of the Year presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The ACC and Big Ten each have eight players represented on the list, the most among conferences.  Johnson was honored last week on the 11-person preseason All-ACC Team and was the leading vote-getter on the second team.

Over the last 15 games of the 2019-20 season, Johnson averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while making 49.5 percent of his field goals (55-of-111).  He was the ACC assists leader among freshmen in conference games, averaging 3.8 assists, 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in ACC games.

A 6-5, 210-pound hometown product from Louisville, Johnson missed nearly four months leading up to his freshman season after recovering from shoulder surgery.  He worked his way into a prominent role on the team for the last half of the year, including a starting role in four of the last five games.  Johnson is second among returning scorers for the Cardinals this year (6.3 ppg) and is the returning leader in assists (2.8 apg),  He scored 37 points in his first 12 games before totaling 134 points in the last 15 games. 

“The beginning of the season is filled with excitement, optimism and anticipation as each team and every player is undefeated, making the race for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy wide open. While these 50 candidates are those to keep an eye on, there will be plenty of others who will enter the competition throughout the season,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “This year will be especially exciting as players who were unable to finish their seasons last year have even more to prove.”

A list of the midseason 30 team will be released in early February, followed by the 10 national semifinalists and four finalists on March 4, 2021, and March 16, 2021, respectively. Players who do not make the watch list are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team. The 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy will be awarded during the Final Four at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 4, 2021. 

2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s Preseason Watch List

NAME

CLASS

POSITION

SCHOOL

CONFERENCE

Joel Ayayi

Jr.

G

Gonzaga

WCC

Scottie Barnes

Fr.

G

Florida State

ACC

Charles Bassey

Jr.

C

Western Kentucky

C-USA

B.J. Boston

Fr.

F

Kentucky

SEC

James Bouknight

So.

G

UConn

BIG EAST

Garrison Brooks

Sr.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Greg Brown

Fr.

F

Texas

Big 12

Jared Butler

Jr.

G

Baylor

Big 12

Marcus Carr

Jr.

G

Minnesota

Big Ten

Terrence Clarke

Fr.

G

Kentucky

SEC

Kofi Cockburn

So.

C

Illinois

Big Ten

Jalen Crutcher

Sr.

G

Dayton

A-10

Cade Cunningham

Fr.

G

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Oscar da Silva

Sr.

F

Stanford

Pac-12

Ayo Dosunmu

Jr.

G

Illinois

Big Ten

Marcus Garrett

Sr.

G

Kansas

Big 12

Luka Garza

Sr.

C

Iowa

Big Ten

Collin Gillespie

Sr.

G

Villanova

BIG EAST

Kellan Grady

Sr.

G

Davidson

A-10

A.J. Green

Jr.

G

Northern Iowa

MVC

Sam Hauser

Sr.

F

Virginia

ACC

Aaron Henry

Jr.

F

Michigan State

Big Ten

Matthew Hurt

So.

F

Duke

ACC

Trayce Jackson-Davis

So.

F

Indiana

Big Ten

Jalen Johnson

Fr.

F

Duke

ACC

Keyontae Johnson

Jr.

F

Florida

SEC

David Johnson

So.

G

Louisville

ACC

Corey Kispert

Sr.

F

Gonzaga

WCC

Isaiah Livers

Sr.

F

Michigan

Big Ten

Caleb Love

Fr.

G

North Carolina

ACC

Sandro Mamukelashvili

Sr.

F

Seton Hall

BIG EAST

Remy Martin

Sr.

G

Arizona State

Pac-12

Caleb Mills

So.

G

Houston

AAC

Evan Mobley

Fr.

F

USC

Pac-12

Wendell Moore Jr.

So.

F

Duke

ACC

Yves Pons

Sr.

G

Tennessee

SEC

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

So.

F

Villanova

BIG EAST

Colbey Ross

Sr.

G

Pepperdine

WCC

Fatts Russell

Sr.

G

Rhode Island

A-10

Javonte Smart

Jr.

G

LSU

SEC

Chris Smith

Sr.

G

UCLA

Pac-12

Jalen Suggs

Fr.

G

Gonzaga

WCC

MaCio Teague

Sr.

G

Baylor

Big 12

Drew Timme

So.

F

Gonzaga

WCC

Oscar Tshiebwe

So.

F

West Virginia

Big 12

Trendon Watford

So.

F

LSU

SEC

Trevion Williams

Jr.

F

Purdue

Big Ten

Ziaire Williams

Fr.

F

Stanford

Pac-12

McKinley Wright IV

Sr.

G

Colorado

Pac-12

Marcus Zegarowski

Jr.

G

Creighton

BIG EAST

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