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UCLA basketball: Reeves Nelson, Joshua Smith on Naismith list

November 7, 2011 | 12:29 pm

The Pacific 12 Conference had only three players on the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy, and two of them reside in Westwood.

UCLA junior forward Reeves Nelson and sophomore center Joshua Smith are among the 50 players up for the award given to the top men's basketball player in the country as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Washington's Terrence Ross was the only other Pac-12 player on the list.

The list will be winnowed to 30 in February by the Tipoff Club before the winner is announced in April during the Final Four in New Orleans.

UC Santa Barbara senior guard Orlando Johnson was also on the preseason list.


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Photo: Joshua Smith, Reeves Nelson. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times