Sunday , Mar , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bogut, Redick highlight Naismith finalists

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The four finalists for the Naismith Trophy
were announced Sunday as Utah’s Andrew Bogut, Duke’s J.J. Redick, Kansas’
Wayne Simien and Wake Forest’s Chris Paul were all chosen for the award, given
annually to the nation’s best player in college basketball.

The sophomore center Bogut, who was the Mountain West Conference Player of the
Year and has the Utes in the Sweet 16, is averaging 20.7 points and 12.3
rebounds this season while shooting over 60 percent from the floor.

Redick, a junior guard, was voted as the ACC Player of the Year after leading
the conference with a 22.3 points-per-game average. Redick, who also has
Duke in the Sweet 16, is also the NCAA all- time leader in free-throw
percentage.

Simien, the Big 12 Player of the Year, missed parts of the season with
injuries, but still recorded 20.3 points and 11.0 boards per outing. The
senior forward was the only player in the conference to average a double-
double. Simien missed a turnaround jumper at the buzzer as the Jayhawks were
stunned by Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Paul, a sophomore guard, helped lead the Demon Deacons to a phenomenal season,
despite the team’s early-round exit in the NCAA Tournament. For the season, he
averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

Saint Joseph’s guard Jameer Nelson was last year’s Naismith winner.

This year’s winner will be announced on April 3 at the Final Four in St.
Louis.

The Naismith Awards are given in honor of the inventor of the game of
basketball, Dr. James Naismith. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta
Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of
student-athletes in basketball. The Awards, including Men’s and Women’s
College Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year, Male and
Female Prep Player of the Year and Men’s and Women’s Official of the Year, are
determined by a vote of the Naismith Board of Selectors.