After months of leaving everything they had on the hardwood, four finalists have been named for the 2013 Naismith Award. Let's take a look at the candidates in alphabetical order.
Trey Burke, Michigan: Burke, a sophomore, experienced a breakout campaign with the Wolverines this season. He averaged 18.9 points, 6.8 assists, three rebounds and more than a steal a game, emerging as one of the best point guards in college basketball. Going up against the toughest competition in the country, Burke has led Michigan to a 29-7 record thus far, including a 12-6 mark against Big Ten.
Doug McDermott, Creighton: McDermott, a junior, was one of the best scorers in the country this season. He averaged 23.2 points a night, shooting 52 percent from the floor and 49.5 percent from behind the three-point arc. McDermott also brought down 7.7 rebounds a game for the Bluejays, who finished the year with a 27-7 record following their third round exit in the NCAA Tournament.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana: Oladipo, a junior, was arguably the most well-rounded player in college basketball the past year. A lockdown defender who averaged 2.2 steals and nearly a block every game, Oladipo also averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Hoosiers. When IU needed a big basket, it was usually Oladipo who came through in the clutch.
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown: Porter, a sophomore, experienced a breakout campaign on a Hoyas team that won a share of the Big East title. He averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and nearly three assists a game, hitting 42 percent of his three-pointers. Georgetown really turned up their offensive production in the second half of the season, and Porter was the main reason why.
The winner of the Naismith Award will be announced during the Final Four weekend in Atlanta on April 7, 2013.
The 2012 winner was Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.
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