Feb. 13, 2014
ATLANTA—University of Pittsburgh senior forward Lamar Patterson (Lancaster, Pa./St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.) was one of 30 players nationwide named to the Naismith Trophy midseason watch list. Sponsored by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and presented annually, the Naismith Award honors college basketball’s national player of the year. The four finalists for the award will be selected on March 23 with the winner announced on April 6.
Along with the Naismith Trophy, Patterson is also a candidate for the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy. An ACC Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team candidate, Patterson leads the Panthers in both scoring (17.0 ppg.) and assists (111). He is shooting 46.2 percent (139-301) from the floor and 40.5 percent (49-121) from 3-point range. He has also accounted for 40 percent of Pitt’s field goals made (139 field goals and 111 assists). While leading Pitt in scoring 14 times on the year, he has registered one 30-point game, eight 20-point games and 23 double figure scoring games in 25 contests played. Patterson set a school-record for most conference player of the week honors in a season when he earned his third ACC Player of the Week honor on Jan. 27.
Patterson, who has scored 1,220 points, grabbed 525 rebounds and dished out 384 assists in his career, needs just 16 more assists to become the third player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists over a collegiate career. Earlier in the year, he became the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career.
Patterson is one four ACC players on the watch list including Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, Syracuse’s C.J. Fair and Duke’s Jabari Parker.
Previously, Pitt has garnered two Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards: Ben Howland (2001-02) and Jamie Dixon (2008-09).
No. 25/23 Pitt (20-5, 8-4 ACC) is back in action at North Carolina (16-7, 6-4 ACC) on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. ET for a national CBS broadcast.
Naismith Trophy Midseason Top-30: http://naismithawards.com/PressBox/ArticleView/tabid/209/ArticleId/8/2013-14-Mens-Naismith-Trophy-Midseason-30.aspx