Culpepper Named to Naismith Award Watch List


POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:44pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 7:35pm

UTEP senior guard Randy Culpepper is one of 50 players on the watch list for the Naismith Trophy, presented to the player of the year in college basketball.

Culpepper and Memphis freshman guard Will Barton are the only Conference USA players on the list.

The 2010 C-USA Player of the Year, Culpepper ranks first in the UTEP record book in career three-point field goals made (255), second in steals (183), fourth in points (1,701), fifth in field goals made (568), sixth in 30-point games (five), and 14th in free throws made (310) and minutes played (3,093). He is eighth in C-USA history in three-pointers made and 12th in scoring.

The preseason C-USA Player of the Year, Culpepper is also one of 50 players on the watch list for the John R. Wooden Award. He has averaged a team-leading 18.5 points in the Miners' first two games this season, making 13-of-28 field goal attempts (.464) and all eight of his free throw tries.

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 2010-11 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T will be awarded at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston.

Since 2005, presenting sponsor AT&T has set the standard in allowing fans to participate in determining the trophy winner. Through the power and ease of text messaging, fan voting will account for 25 percent of all of the final results – more than any other national college basketball 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.

Other notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year winners include Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and David Robinson.

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