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Creighton's Marcus Foster named Naismith candidate

Creighton's Marcus Foster named Naismith candidate
Posted at 3:56 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 16:56:42-05

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Creighton's senior guard Marcus Foster is one of 30 players named candidates for the 2017 Naismith Player of the Year Award. The 10 semifinalists for the award will be announced March 1st. 

Foster leads Creighton and is fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring at 18 points per game. The senior guard is on pace to become the highest average scorer by a Bluejay newcomer since 1969-70. 

Foster joins two other BIG EAST players on the list, including Villanova's Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson. Should Foster win the award, it would give the Bluejays their second Naismith award in four years after Doug McDermott earned the award for his efforts during the 2013-14 season. 

Creighton faces off against Depaul Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Here is a complete list of the candidates for the 2017 Naismith Player of the Year Award:

LAST

FIRST

CLASS

POSITION

SCHOOL

CONFERENCE

Bacon

Dwayne

Sophomore

G

Florida State

ACC

Ball

Lonzo

Freshman

G

UCLA

Pac 12

Berry II

Joel

Junior

G

North Carolina

ACC

Brooks

Dillon

Junior

F

Oregon

Pac 12

Brunson

Jalen

Sophomore

G

Villanova

Big East

Colson

Bonzie

Junior

F

Notre Dame

ACC

Evans

Jawun

Sophomore

PG

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Foster

Marcus

Junior

G

Creighton

Big East

Fox

De'Aaron

Freshman

G

Kentucky

SEC

Fultz

Markelle

Freshman

G

Washington

Pac 12

Happ

Ethan

R-Sophomore

F

Wisconsin

Big Ten

Hart

Josh

Senior

G

Villanova

Big East

Jackson

Josh

Freshman

G

Kansas

Big 12

Jackson

Justin

Junior

F/G

North Carolina

ACC

Keene

Marcus

Junior

G

Central Michigan

MAC

Kennard

Luke

Sophomore

G

Duke

ACC

Landale

Jock

Junior

C

St. Mary's

West Coast

Leaf

TJ

Freshman

F

UCLA

Pac 12

Markkanen

Lauri

Freshman

F

Arizona

Pac 12

Mason III

Frank

Senior

G

Kansas

Big 12

Mitchell

Donovan

Sophomore

G

Louisville

ACC

Monk

Malik

Freshman

G

Kentucky

SEC

Morris

Monte

Senior

G

Iowa State

Big 12

Motley

Jonathan

Junior

F

Baylor

Big 12

Peters

Alec

Senior

F

Valparaiso

Horizon League

Smith Jr.

Dennis

Freshman

G

NC State

ACC

Swanigan

Caleb

Sophomore

F

Purdue

Big Ten

Thornwell

Sindarius

Senior

G

South Carolina

SEC

Trimble

Melo

Junior

G

Maryland

Big Ten

Williams-Goss

Nigel

R-Junior

G

Gonzaga

West Coast