Blackmon Jr., Bryant named to Naismith watch list

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the preseason watch list of 50 players being considered for the 2017 Naismith Trophy given to the men’s college basketball player of the year on Thursday morning.

The ACC leads all conferences with 12 players on the list, followed by the Big Ten with 10. Those 10 include Indiana junior guard James Blackmon Jr. and sophomore center Thomas Bryant.

A midseason list of 30 players will be announced on Feb. 9, 2017, and could include players not originally on the preseason watch list.