Kansas, Kansas State each land two on Naismith watch list

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) rebounds against Washburn forward Will McKee (23) and guard Tyler Geiman (12) during the first half of an preseason NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(WIBW) -- Both Kansas and Kansas State men's basketball have two representatives on the 2019 Citizen Naismith Award watch list.

The two teams were among 10 schools to land two or more players on the watch list. Kentucky was the only school to land three.

The list featured 50 of the nation's top players, and will be cut to 30 during the midseason in February. The national semifinalist list of 10 is set to be announced March 4, 2019 with the four finalists announced on March 19.

The Naismith Trophy will be awarded at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 7 at the Final Four.


No. 1 Kansas landed junior transfer Dedric Lawson and freshman Quentin Grimes on the list, the school announced Monday.

Lawson transferred from Memphis last season and was named the Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the year and Preseason All-Big 12 First Team last month. He sat out after transferring, but averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in his sophomore campaign for the Tigers, earning All-American Athletic Conference First Team honors. He also recorded 19 double-doubles.

Grimes was named the Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year and preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. A former five-star combo guard, Grimes was ranked No. 8 in the nation after averaging 29.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in his high school senior season.

Grimes also appeared in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, leading the USA to the gold medal and earning most valuable player accolades plus an All-Tournament selection.

Kansas opens the 2018-19 season against No. 10 Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday in Indianapolis.


No. 10 Kansas State featured two seniors in Dean Wade and Barry Brown, Jr.

Wade, the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and Preseason All-Big 12 First Team selection, returns from a junior campaign that saw him become just the 15th player in the Big 12 era to average at least 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a single season.

In his junior season, Brown averaged 15.9 points per game, shooting 45 percent. He led the Wildcats in double-digit scoring games with 29, assists with 120 and steals with 67.

Kansas State opens its 2018-19 season on Friday when the Wildcats host Kennesaw State at Bramlage Coliseum.