Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker has been named one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Sunday. Tucker, the consensus Big Ten Player of the Year, scored a school-record 716 points this season and led the Badgers to a 30-6 record.
Tucker joins Kevin Durant (Texas), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) and Acie Law IV (Texas A&M) on the final ballot. The Naismith Trophy is one of the most prestigious national awards presented annually to the men’s and women’s players of the year, and men’s and women’s college basketball coaches of the year. UW head coach Bo Ryan is one of the finalists for the Coach of the Year Award.
Finalists were chosen through a vote by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, who narrowed the mid-season list of 30 candidates down to the final four. The Board, which is comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, based its criteria on player performances this season.
The four finalists will attend the National Association of Basketball Coaches Awards program in Atlanta on Sunday, April 1, where the winner will be presented with the Naismith Trophy. The Men’s College Player of the Year winner will be featured on AT&T “At the Half” during CBS Sports’ coverage of the NCAA championship game on April 2.