ATLANTA -- LSU senior forward Tasmin Mitchell was named one of the 50 players on the 2009-10 Naismith Award preseason watch list as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
A total of 33 of the 50 players announced were upperclassmen, headed by 19 seniors, 14 juniors, 13 sophomores and four freshmen.
Two conferences – the Big East and ACC – placed nine representatives apiece while the Big XII and the SEC each had eight.
The watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2009-10 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind.
Fan voting will account for an unprecedented 25% of the final results – more than any other national college basketball award. In February, during CBS’ coverage of college basketball a Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in contention for the award.
In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the Top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Mitchell averaged over 16 points a game for the Tigers in 2008-09 as LSU won the Southeastern Conference championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The senior from Denham Springs was a consensus first-team All-SEC selection as he became one of just nine players in LSU history to start on two SEC Championship teams.
The Tigers open the 2009-10 season on Nov. 13 against Louisiana-Monroe at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.