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Memphis Tigers Sophomore Adonis Thomas Named to 2012-13 Naismith Trophy Early Season Watch List

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Memphis Tigers sophomore Adonis Thomas has been named to the 2012-13 Naismith Trophy early season top-50 watch list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Tuesday.

Thomas is the only CUSA player on the Naismith preseason list.

The 6’7 forward is a preseason all-Conference USA second-team pick. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds and shot 48.6 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line in 19 games as a freshman last season. Thomas had to miss 16 games last year due to ankle surgery.

Thomas has also picked up numerous accolades from preseason publications and websites. CBSSports.com picked Thomas as its preseason CUSA Player of the Year, while Lindy’s, The Sporting News, Athlon Sports and Blue Ribbon College Yearbook all named him to their All-Conference USA squad.

Last week, he was named to the John R. Wooden Award preseason top-50 watch list.

In the Tigers’ season opener Nov. 12, Thomas had eight points and six rebounds in the 81-66 victory over North Floriday Ospreys.

The 50-player 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 2012-2013 college basketball season.

In late February of 2013, 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 narrow the list to the four finalists.

The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.