Dorsey, Douglas-Roberts Named To Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List
Oct. 25, 2007
ATLANTA, Ga. - University of Memphis' Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts were named to the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Thursday. The Naismith Trophy has been given to the nation's top collegiate player annually since 1969.
A 2007-08 preseason All-Conference USA first team pick, Dorsey was a 2006-07 All-C-USA first team and a 2007 Conference USA All-Tournament Team selection. The Tigers' 6-foot-9 senior forward is the league's top returning rebounder from 2006-07 (9.4 rpg) and the conference's second-leading shot blocker (2.2 bpg).
The 2006-07 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year enters 2007-08 needing 264 points and 153 boards to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career. If he reaches both plateaus, Dorsey would become only the fifth player in Memphis basketball history to accomplish the feat. He is in the No. 5 spot on the Tiger career blocked shots chart with 190 swats.
Douglas-Roberts, the 2007-08 Conference USA preseason Player of the Year, is the Tigers' leading returning scorer from a year ago. The 6-foot-7 junior guard/forward averaged 15.4 points and shot 54.3 percent from the floor and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe last season. Douglas-Roberts ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring, field goal percentage and free throw percentage in 2006-07. He enters 2007-08 needing only 179 points to become the 43rd player in Tiger hoops history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
A 2006-07 All-Conference USA first team pick, Douglas-Roberts' name has appeared on several 2007-08 preseason All-America teams. Last season, the Detroit, Mich., native picked up Associated Press All-America honorable mention, Conference USA Tournament MVP, NCAA Tournament All-South Region, NABC All-District 7 and USBWA All-District 4 honors.
Douglas-Roberts was named to the Wooden Award preseason list on Wednesday.
The Naismith Trophy watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its preseason criteria on player performances from last season and expectations for the 2007-08 season. The list does not include incoming freshmen, although those student-athletes will be considered in the first vote in January, 2008. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball's players of the year.
In January, the Naismith Trophy voting academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, will narrow its preseason list to the top 30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.
Beginning in mid-February, CBS' "AT&T at the Half" will feature a weekly Naismith Trophy update highlighting the players in contention. In April, the Naismith Trophy winner will be recognized at the NCAA Men's Final Four in San Antonio. Last year's Naismith Trophy recipient was University of Texas forward Kevin Durant, who became the first freshmen ever to win the award.