AN on Naismith Watch List, Ranked NCAA's 54th-best Player

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) has Andrew Nicholson on his preseason Naismith watch list, while fellow CBS colleague Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) ranks Nicholson as one of the top players in the country.

Parrish's Early Watch List for Naismith Award

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Each year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors chooses the 50 pre-season “Naismith Watch” list as well as the mid-season team of 30 candidates. The Naismith voting academy narrows that group down to four finalists who will make up the final ballot. The voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, base its criteria on player performance throughout the season.

The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball players of the year.