The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday its list of the top 30 players in consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year.
The Big Ten was represented by three players: Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan and Maryland guard Melo Trimble.
The ACC led all conferences with seven players, while the Big 12 and Pac-12 each had five players. The SEC had three players on the list.
The 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy will be announced on March 1.
Here’s a quick look at what each of the Big Ten representatives have done so far this season:
Happ has averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Badgers this season, playing in 26.9 minutes per game and upping his field-goal percentage from 53.8 percent his freshman year to 61.5 percent as a sophomore.
In the Big Ten, Happ is eighth in scoring, third in rebounding, second in field-goal percentage, second in steals and ninth in blocks.
Swanigan is averaging a double-double for the Boilermakers through 24 games, scoring 19.1 points and hauling in 12.8 rebounds per game. In addition to shooting 54.7 percent from the floor, the 6-foot-9 sophomore has hit half of his 54 3-point attempts.
Swanigan is second in the conference in scoring, first in rebounding, 13th in field-goal percentage, second in 3-point percentage and seventh in free-throw percentage.
In his junior campaign with the Terrapins, Trimble is scoring at the highest rate of his career (16.9 points per game) while taking more shots per game and also upping his field-goal percentage from 41 percent as a sophomore to 43.6 percent this season.
Trimble is fifth in the conference in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage, 12th in assists and tied for 11th in steals.