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Lonzo Ball, Dillon Brooks, Markelle Fultz, TJ Leaf, Lauri Markkanen make Naismith Top 30

Five Pac-12 reps!

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Five Pac-12 players made the Naismith Top 30. Let’s take a brief look at each of them.

Lonzo Ball, freshman guard for the UCLA Bruins: Ball has been a huge reason for UCLA’s success this season. His playmaking has been unparalleled and he figures to be a top five pick.

Dillon Brooks, freshman forward for the Oregon Ducks: Brooks has been absent for part of the season, but since he’s returned Oregon has been rocking, beating the best teams on their radar.

Markelle Fultz, freshman guard for the Washington Huskies: Fultz is likely to be one of the top two draft picks in 2017. His talent is incandescent. His team is terrible though, so he probably won’t win this award.

TJ Leaf, freshman forward for the UCLA Bruins: The biggest beneficiary of Ball has been Leaf, who has been one of the most efficient shooters in the nation while also blocking and rebounding effectively.

Lauri Markkanen, freshman forward for the Arizona Wildcats: Markkanen has been so impressive offensively and has powered Arizona’s offense to another potential Pac-12 title bid.

Below is the full list of Naismith Top 30 players.


Dwayne Bacon Sophomore G Florida State ACC
Lonzo Ball Freshman G UCLA Pac 12
Joel Berry II Junior G North Carolina ACC
Dillon Brooks Junior F Oregon Pac 12
Jalen Brunson Sophomore G Villanova Big East
Bonzie Colson Junior F Notre Dame ACC
Jawun Evans Sophomore PG Oklahoma State Big 12
Marcus Foster Junior G Creighton Big East
De'Aaron Fox Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Markelle Fultz Freshman G Washington Pac 12
Ethan Happ R-Sophomore F Wisconsin Big Ten
Josh Hart Senior G Villanova Big East
Josh Jackson Freshman G Kansas Big 12
Justin Jackson Junior F/G North Carolina ACC
Marcus Keene Junior G Central Michigan MAC
Luke Kennard Sophomore G Duke ACC
Jock Landale Junior C St. Mary's West Coast
TJ Leaf Freshman F UCLA Pac 12
Lauri Markkanen Freshman F Arizona Pac 12
Frank Mason III Senior G Kansas Big 12
Donovan Mitchell Sophomore G Louisville ACC
Malik Monk Freshman G Kentucky SEC
Monte Morris Senior G Iowa State Big 12
Jonathan Motley Junior F Baylor Big 12
Alec Peters Senior F Valparaiso Horizon League
Dennis Smith Jr. Freshman G NC State ACC
Caleb Swanigan Sophomore F Purdue Big Ten
Sindarius Thornwell Senior G South Carolina SEC
Melo Trimble Junior G Maryland Big Ten
Nigel Williams-Goss R-Junior G Gonzaga West Coast
Naismith List