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Oklahoma's Griffin Headlines Naismith Trophy
Mid-Season Candidates

Winner To Be Announced at the Final Four in Detroit

ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2009) – No college program has ever won a Heisman Trophy and a Naismith
Trophy in the same academic year, but Blake Griffin is looking to put Oklahoma in uncharted territory.
The 6-10 sophomore hopes to follow fellow Sooner Sam Bradford in being named the top player in his
respective sport, as Griffin headlines the 30 mid-season candidates for the 2009 Naismith Trophy
presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

Among those joining Griffin are Stephen Curry (Davidson), 2008 winner Tyler Hansbrough (North
Carolina), Luke Harangody (Notre Dame), Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) and Jeff Teague (Wake Forest).

Overall, the ACC has nine players on the list, followed by the Big East with eight. Six schools are
represented by two players apiece: Connecticut, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and
Wake Forest.

The top 30 men’s list was voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, comprised of
leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The board based
its criteria on player performances this season. The vote was tabulated and certified by the accounting
firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. HA&W is the largest independent accounting firm in Georgia and
one of the top 50 firms in the United States. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is the most
prestigious national basketball award and is given annually to the men’s college basketball player of
the year. This year, the award will be presented at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Detroit.

This season marks the 40th anniversary of the first Naismith Trophy, which was presented to UCLA’s
Lew Alcindor, who is known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At the time, the Atlanta Tipoff Club,
founded during the 1956-57 basketball season, was looking to create a national identity for its brand
and created the award to honor the best basketball player in the nation. Alcindor, along with UCLA
head coach John Wooden, flew to Atlanta in the spring of 1969 to receive the trophy.

“Looking at the college basketball landscape, it’s understandable that so many of the top players
nationwide are contenders for the Naismith Trophy,” said Gary Stokan, president, Atlanta Tipoff Club.
“The final month of the season will be telling, and that is what makes college basketball so exciting.”

For the sixth consecutive season, presenting sponsor AT&T will once again set the standard in
allowing fans to participate in determining this year’s winner. Through the power and ease of text
messaging, fan voting will account for an unprecedented 25 percent of the final results — more than
any other national college basketball award. This year, beginning March 22, AT&T wireless customers
— and sports fans on other wireless networks — will be able to text their votes for the player of their

“The Naismith Trophy is unique among college awards in that it gives the fans a real voice in
selecting the top player in the country,” said Tim McGhee, executive director, AT&T Corporate
Sponsorships. “AT&T is proud to sponsor the Naismith and to empower fans to make sure their
voices are heard”

2009 Naismith Men’s Mid-Season Candidates:

Last Name First Name Class Position School
Abrams A.J. Sr. Guard Texas
Adrien Jeff Sr. Forward Connecticut
Blair DeJuan So. Center Pittsburgh
Booker Trevor Jr. Forward/Center Clemson
Brockman Jon Sr. Forward Washington
Calathes Nick So. Guard/Forward Florida
Christmas Dionte Sr. Guard Temple
Clark Earl Jr. Guard/Forward Louisville
Collins Sherron Jr. Guard Kansas
Curry Stephen Jr. Guard Davidson
Downey Devan Jr. Guard South Carolina
Griffin Blake So. Forward Oklahoma
Hansbrough Tyler Sr. Forward North Carolina
Harangody Luke Jr. Forward Notre Dame
Harden James So. Guard Arizona State
Henderson Gerald Sr. Forward Duke
Hummel Robbie So. Guard/Forward Purdue
Johnson James So. Forward Wake Forest
Lawson Ty Jr. Guard North Carolina
Maynor Eric Sr. Guard Virginia Commonwealth
McClinton Jack Sr. Guard Miami
McNeal Jerel Sr. Guard Marquette
Meeks Jodie Jr. Guard Kentucky
Mills Patrick So. Guard Saint Mary's
Rice Tyrese Sr. Guard Boston College
Singler Kyle So. Forward Duke
Teague Jeff So. Guard Wake Forest
Thabeet Hasheem Jr. Center Connecticut
Williams Terrence Sr. Forward Louisville
Young Sam Sr. Forward Pittsburgh

Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 9 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 4, 2009. AT&T
is making the voting open to other wireless carriers, allowing even more fans to participate. Other
wireless carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate.

CBS Sports’ “AT&T at the Half” features a weekly Naismith Trophy Watch, highlighting the men’s
players in contention for the coveted award who have distinguished themselves throughout the
season. On March 22, CBS will announce the four Naismith Trophy finalists during its first-round
coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. For more information, visit

Last year’s Naismith Trophy recipient, Hanbrough, became the third player from North Carolina
(Michael Jordan, 1984 and Antawn Jamison, 1998) and the 16th player from the ACC to win the

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of
basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so
exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith
Trophy every year since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. Old Dominion’s Anne
Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become an emblem of excellence for the game, recognizing the Men’s and
Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coach of the
Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and
contribution to the game.


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FEBRUARY 24, 2009
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DECEMBER 19, 2008

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DECEMBER 18, 2008
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DECEMBER 16, 2008
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NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Ann Donovan and Billy Packer Selected as Naismith Outstanding Contributors to Basketball Award Winners

APRIL 9, 2008
Auriemma and Calipari Named 2008 Naismith College Coachs of the Year

APRIL 7, 2008
Tennessee's Parker Wins 2008 Naismith Trophy
Former Naismith High School Winner Claims Coveted College Award

APRIL 6, 2008
Blue Heaven: North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough Wins 2008 Naismith Trophy
Junior Forward Follows Jordan, jamison to Claim School's Third Award

MARCH 23, 2008
Beasley, Douglas-Roberts, Hansbrough and Love Named Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Finalists
Fans Will Have An Opportunity to Vote Using Their AT&T Phone

MARCH 14, 2008
Basketball Legends Honored For Contributions To Basketball

MARCH 12, 2008
Final Four: Men's College Basketball Coaches Seek Naismith Award

MARCH 8, 2008
Top Women's College Basketball Players Named Finalists For Naismith Trophy

MARCH 6, 2008
Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year Finalists Announced

MARCH 5, 2008
Elena DelleDonne and Brandon Jennings Named 2008 Naismith National High School Basketball Players of the Year
Bob Hurley and Brian Harrigan Claim Inaugural Coach of the Year Honors

MARCH 5, 2008
Naismith College Officials of the Year Announced

JANUARY 29, 2008
Parker, Paris Headline Naismith Candidates List
Finalists From Last Season Make Strong Push For Coveted Award

JANUARY 29, 2008
Hansbrough, Freshmen Headline Naismith Candidates
Winner To Be Announced At the Final Four In San Antonio

DECEMBER 18, 2007
Big East and Atlantic Coast Conferences Headline Naismith Trophy Women's Preseason Watch List

OCTOBER 25, 2007
Naismith Trophy Names Preseason Watch List

Eric Oberman
Atlanta Tipoff Club
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