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Chaz Williams Named To Naismith Player Of The Year Watch List

Chaz Williams is one of 50 players on the Naismith Award Watch List.

Chaz Williams is one of 50 players on the Naismith Award Watch List.

Nov. 26, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. - Recognized as one of the most dynamic point guards in the country, UMass basketball's Chaz Williams was named to the Naismith College Player of the Year Watch List late last week. This is the second national award watch list Williams has been named to this season. He is also on the Bob Cousy Award Watch List, for the second consecutive year, which is given to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

The Brooklyn, N.Y. native is averaging 16.0 points, 6.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds this season. He ranks 5th all-time at UMass in career assists with 511 in 74 career games. He is also second all-time in steals with 156. With 1,233 career points, Williams ranks 21st all-time in scoring at UMass just two points behind Al Skinner.

Since transferring from Hofstra to UMass, Williams has led the Minutemen to a 52-24 overall record with two NIT appearances (including a trip to the Final Four) and two Atlantic 10 Semifinal berths.

The Minutemen earned a No. 24 national ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday marking the first time since 1998 that UMass has been ranked.

Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List – Men’s Top 50

NAME

CLASS

POSITION

SCHOOL

CONFERENCE

Jordan Adams

So.

G

UCLA

Pac-12

Kyle Anderson

So.

G-F

UCLA

Pac-12

Isaiah Austin

So.

C

Baylor

Big 12

Jerrelle Benimon

Sr.

F

Towson

Colonial Athletic

Jahii Carson

So.

G

Arizona State

Pac-12

Semaj Christon

So.

G

Xavier

Big East

Aaron Craft

Sr.

G

Ohio State

Big Ten

Sam Dekker

So.

F

Wisconsin

Big Ten

Spencer Dinwiddie

Jr.

G

Colorado

Pac-12

Cleanthony Early

Sr.

F

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

Perry Ellis

So.

F

Kansas

Big 12

C.J. Fair

Sr.

F

Syracuse

ACC

Yogi Ferrell

So.

G

Indiana

Big Ten

Aaron Gordon

Fr.

F

Arizona

Pac-12

Treveon Graham

Jr.

G

VCU

Atlantic 10

Jerian Grant

Sr.

G

Notre Dame

ACC

Montrezl Harrell

So.

F

Louisville

American Athletic

Gary Harris

So.

G

Michigan State

Big Ten

Joe Harris

Sr.

G

Virginia

ACC

Andrew Harrison

Fr.

G

Kentucky

SEC

Tyler Haws

Jr.

G

BYU

West Coast

Marshall Henderson

Sr.

G

Ole Miss

SEC

Rodney Hood

So.

F

Duke

ACC

Joe Jackson

Sr.

G

Memphis

American Athletic

Cory Jefferson

Sr.

F

Baylor

Big 12

Sean Kilpatrick

Sr.

G

Cincinnati

American Athletic

Alex Kirk

Jr.

C

New Mexico

Mountain West

Doug McDermott

Sr.

F

Creighton

Big East

Mitch McGary

So.

F

Michigan

Big Ten

Jordan McRae

Sr.

G

Tennessee

SEC

James Michael McAdoo

Jr.

F

North Carolina

ACC

Shabazz Napier

Sr.

G

UConn

American Athletic

Johnny O'Bryant III

Jr.

F

LSU

SEC

Kevin Pangos

Jr.

G

Gonzaga

West Coast

Jabari Parker

Fr.

F

Duke

ACC

Adreian Payne

Sr.

C

Michigan State

Big Ten

Julius Randle

Fr.

F

Kentucky

SEC

Juvonte Reddic

Sr.

F

VCU

Atlantic 10

Glenn Robinson III

So.

F

Michigan

Big Ten

LaQuinton Ross

Jr.

F

Ohio State

Big Ten

Wayne Selden, Jr.

Fr.

G

Kansas

Big 12

Marcus Smart

So.

G

Oklahoma State

Big 12

Russ Smith

Sr.

G

Louisville

American Athletic

Jarnell Stokes

Jr.

F

Tennessee

SEC

Rasheed Sulaimon

So.

G

Duke

ACC

Noah Vonleh

Fr.

F

Indiana

Big Ten

Andrew Wiggins

Fr.

G

Kansas

Big 12

Kendall Williams

Sr.

G

New Mexico

Mountain West

Chaz Williams

Sr.

G

UMass

Atlantic 10

James Young

Fr.

G

Kentucky

SEC



 

 

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