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MBK | Landale Chosen to Citizen Naismith Watch List

Nov. 9, 2017

ATLANTA — Saint Mary’s senior Jock Landale has officially been named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List today in his fifth major watch list recognition prior to the start of the season.

The Citizen Naismith Trophy is given to the country’s best player each year and features 50 candidates from across the nation. This year marks the 50th presentation of the trophy which is awarded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The honor is named after Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

Landale gained national recognition last season after leading the West Coast Conference in rebounds last season (9.5) and finishing top-5 in several other statistical categories. The Gaels’ center averaged 16.9 points per contest as a junior and helped solidify a shutdown defense that ranked among the best in the country.

Overall, nine players on the Watch List represent the ACC, while the Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC each placed eight candidates. Duke, which has won more Citizen Naismith Trophies (7) than any other school, leads the Watch List with four players, followed by Arizona and USC with three players apiece.

Several notable players have won the Naismith Trophy in the past including Kevin Durant of Texas (2007), Tim Duncan of Wake Forest (1997), and Blake Griffin of Oklahoma (2009). Last year the award was given to Frank Mason III from Kansas.

Others who were selected to the preseason list include Louisville’s Deng Adel, Duke’s Grayson Allen, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, and Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.

No. 22 Saint Mary's will tip-off their season this Saturday against Saint Francis (PA) at 5 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion. For questions or to purchase tickets, click on the ticket link, call 925-631-GoTx, or email

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