Bouldin Named To Naismith Trophy Mid-Season Top 30 List
Feb. 25, 2010
ATLANTA - Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin is among the Top 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.
The top 30 midseason men's list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists from around the country. The board based its criteria on player performances this season.
Bouldin leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 16.5 ppg, assists with 4.1/game and assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.83. He has 1,599 career points to rank ninth all-time, his 418 career assists rank fifth and his 163 steals are third.
The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., scored a career-high 32 points against Pepperdine University in the McCarthey Athletic Center in January and had a career-high 12 rebounds at the University of San Francisco earlier this season.
The Big East conference has seven players on the list, followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with six. Two schools, Kansas and Kentucky, are represented by two players apiece.
The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is one of the most prestigious national basketball awards 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 Indianapolis.
"While several candidates have begin to separate themselves there are a number of whom still can win the esteemed Naismith Trophy," said Gary Stokan, Atlanta Tipoff Club president. "The exceptional talent level across the country has greatly elevated college basketball which makes for an outstanding finish to such a tremendous season."
As a presenting sponsor since 2005, AT&T has set the standard in fan participation 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.
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 choice. Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 8:59 p.m. PDT on April 3. 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. Standard messaging rates apply.
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 21, CBS will announce the four Naismith Trophy finalists during its first-round coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
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