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Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart and Marcus Foster featured on Naismith Award Top 30 list

A trio of top-tier Big East players are in contention.

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The 2017 Naismith Award Top 30 list was revealed to the world on Thursday afternoon. Among the 30 players present on the list, three of them are from your favorite conference’s favorite conference. Villanova Wildcats stars Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart as well as Creighton Bluejays star Marcus Foster are among those in contention for the prestigious award.

Brunson and Hart have been one of the best 1-2 punches in the Big East and the nation as well. Hart himself has been getting plenty of National Player of the Year buzz and stands as the frontrunner for his conference’s Player of the Year award as well. Brunson meanwhile has had an outstanding sophomore season, taking leaps in various statistical categories and has been a driving force for the Wildcats’ legion of successes this year.

Foster on the other hand has been playing extremely well in his first full season with the Bluejays. After transferring from Kansas State and sitting out last year due to NCAA rules, he has contributed lots and has been a major key to Creighton’s success this season too.

The full list, which includes Malik Monk of the Kentucky Wildcats, Dillon Brooks of the Oregon Ducks, Lonzo Ball of the UCLA Bruins, Caleb Swanigan of the Purdue Boilermakers and Frank Mason III of the Kansas Jayhawks can be found below.

2017 Naismith Top 30 Men’s Players List

FIRST LAST CLASS POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE
FIRST LAST CLASS POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE
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