Every year the Naismith Trophy celebrates the standouts among men’s and women’s college basketball players and is recognized as the most prestigious college basketball trophy.
Eighteen past Naismith Trophy winners have gone on to be number one draft picks by the NBA, and past winners have included legends Larry Bird (1979), Michael Jordan (1984), David Robinson (1987), and Tim Duncan (1997) and rising stars Kevin Durant (2007) and Blake Griffin (2009).
After an initial panel of judges have their say, choosing the top four finalists for the men’s and women’s trophies on March 22nd and March 24th respectively, the fans take center court, voting via text for the players they want to see receive these prestigious awards.
Unique among major collegiate sport awards, 25 percent of the Naismith Trophy vote tally is determined by fans, providing fans with the rare opportunity to change the lives of their favorite players. Text votes will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, April 6th.
Fans are allowed one vote during this period and can show their support by calling **VOTE from their mobile phone.
About Clark Kellogg
The lead college basketball analyst for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship since July of 2008, Clark Kellogg has been a college basketball game and studio analyst for the past 20 years.
The co-host of “The Road to the Final Four” and studio/game analyst for college basketball since 1997, Clark Kellogg called his first Final Four and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship in April, 2009.
From 1990 through 1997, he served as an analyst for ESPN's regular-season basketball coverage, having worked for the Big East Network and Prime Sports and having served as television analyst for the NBA's Indiana Pacers broadcasts since 1990.
Clark played basketball for Ohio State University from 1979 through 1982 and earned All-Big Ten and Most Valuable Player honors in 1982 before becoming the Number 1 draft pick of the Indiana Pacers in 1982 and playing five seasons with the Pacers before retiring with chronic knee problems. Clark received a marketing degree from Ohio State University in 1996 and currently lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife and three children. His son, Nick, is in his junior season with the Ohio University basketball team.