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NAISMITH TROPHY: Ejim, Kane, Marble Named To List

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Three of Iowa’s top men’s collegiate basketball players have a chance to be named the nation’s Player of the Year.

The list of the top 30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy was announced Thursday.

Two Iowa State Cyclones are on the list. Senior Melvin Ejim leads the Big 12 in scoring with an average of 19.1 points per game. He set a single-game conference scoring record earlier this season against TCU when he scored 48 points.

DeAndre Kane, also a senior had a season-high of 30 against Baylor. He averages 15.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.

Iowa Hawkeye Devyn Marble also made the cut. Marble is ranked second in scoring for the Big Ten with an average of 17.8 points per game. He’s the only Big Ten player to score in double digits for every conference game so far this season.

The Player of the Year Trophy is named after the inventor of basketball, James Naismith, and is awarded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.