Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ and Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan have been named semifinalists for Naismith Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.
Here’s a full list of semifinalists, in alphabetical order:
- Lonzo Ball, UCLA
- Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
- Josh Hart, Villanova
- Josh Jackson, Kansas
- Justin Jackson, North Carolina
- Luke Kennard, Duke
- Frank Mason III, Kansas
- Johnathan Motley, Baylor
- Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
- Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga
Happ, a sophomore, averages 14.1 points, 9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the No. 22 Badgers.
Swanigan, also a sophomore, has put up 18.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest for No. 16 Purdue.
If Happ were to win the Naismith, he’d become the second Wisconsin player to do so in the past three years, joining Frank Kaminsky in 2015. Swanigan would be the first for Purdue since Glenn Robinson in 1994.
The four finalists for the Naismith Award will be announced May 19, with the winner revealed on April 2.