ATLANTA (Feb. 13, 2020) – William & Mary senior Nathan Knight was named one of 30 midseason candidates for the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year honor, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.
The 10 semifinalists will be announced on March 5, and the finalists will be revealed on March 17. The winner of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 5 at the Naismith Awards Brunch in Atlanta.
The lone Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) player on the list, Knight is enjoying a strong senior campaign, leading the Tribe to a 16-10 overall record an 8-5 mark in CAA play. The 6-10 center leads the country with 20 double-doubles and is one of three players in the CAA to be averaging a double-double, posting 20.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
Knight is one of three active NCAA Division I players with at least 1,800 career points and 900 rebounds with 2,010 points and 913 boards. With three weeks remaining in the CAA regular season, Knight is 15th in CAA history in career scoring and 12 rebounds from the top 15 in the conference record books.
This season, Knight has been named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, as well as a candidate for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Lute Olson Award and the Lou Henson Award. Additionally, the Syracuse, N.Y.-native has earned three CAA Player of the Week accolades.
Citizen Naismith Trophy 2020 Midseason Team:
|Udoka Azubuike||Sr.||C||Kansas||Big 12|
|Kamar Baldwin||Sr.||G||Butler||Big East|
|Saddiq Bey||So.||F||Villanova||Big East|
|Jared Butler||So.||F||Baylor||Big 12|
|Vernon Carey Jr.||Fr.||C||Duke||ACC|
|Ayo Dosunmu||So.||G||Illinois||Big Ten|
|Devon Dotson||So.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Malachi Flynn||Jr.||G||San Diego St.||Mountain West|
|Jordan Ford||Sr.||G||St. Mary's||WCC|
|Luka Garza||Jr.||C||Iowa||Big Ten|
|Markus Howard||Sr.||G||Marquette||Big East|
|Nathan Knight||Sr.||F/C||William & Mary||CAA|
|John Mooney||Sr.||F||Notre Dame||ACC|
|Daniel Oturu||So.||C||Minnesota||Big Ten|
|Myles Powell||Sr.||G||Seton Hall||Big East|
|Fatts Russell||Jr.||G||Rhode Island||Atlantic 10|
|Jalen Smith||So.||F||Maryland||Big Ten|
|Lamar Stevens||Sr.||F||Penn State||Big Ten|
|Obi Toppin||So.||F||Dayton||Atlantic 10|
|Kaleb Wesson||Jr.||F||Ohio State||Big Ten|
|Cassius Winston||Sr.||G||Michigan State||Big Ten|