University of Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to college basketball's national player of the year.
Cauley-Stein joins Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor as the remaining candidates for the award. The four finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, which based selections on individual performances throughout the 2014-15 regular season.
The winner will be revealed during Final Four weekend, on April 5 in Indianapolis.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for who they believe should be the 2015 Naismith winner. From March 23 through April 4, fans can cast their vote at NaismithVote.com. The fan vote represents 25 percent of the selection process.
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Cauley-Stein has been one of UK’s top contributors during its historic 34-0 run leading up to the NCAA Tournament. The 7-footer averages 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 25.5 minutes.
Cauley-Stein leads UK in steals (44) while ranking second in blocked shots (56) for the nation’s top-ranked field-goal percentage defensive team.