March 1, 2012
• Naismith 'Midseason 30' list
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin senior point guard Jordan Taylor has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2012 Naismith Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced. The award is given annually to the college basketball player of the year.
Taylor, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, has started all 30 games this season for the Badgers and is averaging 14.6 points, 4.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. His scoring figure ranks 13th in the Big Ten, while his average of 16.4 points per conference game is tied for seventh.
With a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio this season, Taylor sits third in the Big Ten. However, he is still on pace to shatter the NCAA record with his 3.01 career assist-to-turnover ratio.
This is the second year in a row that Wisconsin has had a player selected as one of 30 finalists for the award as Jon Leuer was recognized last season.
The board of selectors, which is comprised of coaches, administrators and media from across the country, chose the preseason top 50 watch list in November. In March, the voting academy selects the four finalists who will go to the final ballot. The winner is selected by a board of selectors vote in conjunction with fan voting.
The Badgers have had two players in school history be named a finalist for the award, Devin Harris in 2004 and Alando Tucker in 2007.
Other notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and last year’s winner, Jimmer Fredette.