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Xavier Thames named to the Naismith Trophy Watch list

San Diego, CA- San Diego State Aztecs Senior Point Guard guard Xavier Thames has been named one of the 30 NCAA Division I men’s basketball players nominated for the 2013-14 Naismith Trophy Watch list.

Thames is one of only two players from the state of California, the other being UCLA Forward Kyle Anderson and one of only two players from the Mountain West, the other being New Mexico’s senior PF Cameron Bairstow.
Thames was also named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List in January.

Thames a two-time national player of the week leads the San Diego State Aztecs in scoring (17.9), assists (2.7), steals (1.7), three-point field-goal percentage (.410), three-point field goals (43) and free-throw percentage (.833).

Thames is the 3rd Aztec ever to be nominated for the Naismith Trophy Watch list. Kawhi Leonard was nominated in 2011 and Jamaal Franklin last season.

Thames and the Aztecs return to the court as they look to rebound from their loss to Wyoming on Saturday when they host the Air Force Falcons. The game is set for 5:05 p.m. PT and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Below are the rest of the nominees for the Naismith Trophy.

Kyle Anderson Sophomore Guard-Forward UCLA Pac-12
Keith Appling Senior Guard Michigan State Big Ten
Cameron Bairstow Senior Forward New Mexico Mountain West
James Bell Senior Guard Villanova Big East
Bryce Cotton Senior Guard Providence Big East
Cleanthony Early Senior Forward Wichita State Missouri Valley
Melvin Ejim Senior Forward Iowa State Big 12
Joel Embiid Freshman Center Kansas Big 12
Tyler Ennis Freshman Guard Syracuse ACC
C.J. Fair Senior Forward Syracuse ACC
Aaron Gordon Freshman Forward Arizona Pac-12
Gary Harris Sophomore Guard Michigan State Big Ten
Joe Jackson Senior Guard Memphis American Athletic
Nick Johnson Junior Guard Arizona Pac-12
DeAndre Kane Senior Guard Iowa State Big 12
Sean Kilpatrick Senior Guard Cincinnati American Athletic
Roy Devyn Marble Senior Guard Iowa Big Ten
Doug McDermott Senior Forward Creighton Big East
Shabazz Napier Senior Guard Connecticut American Athletic
Jabari Parker Freshman Forward Duke ACC
Lamar Patterson Senior Forward Pittsburgh ACC
Casey Prather Senior Forward Florida SEC
Julius Randle Freshman Forward Kentucky SEC
Marcus Smart Sophomore Guard Oklahoma State Big 12
Russ Smith Senior Guard Louisville American Athletic
Nik Stauskas Sophomore Guard Michigan Big Ten
Xavier Thames Senior Guard San Diego State Mountain West
Fred VanVleet Sophomore Guard Wichita State Missouri Valley
Andrew Wiggins Freshman Guard Kansas Big 12
Chaz Williams Senior Guard Massachusetts Atlantic 10



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