The University of Pittsburgh athletic department announced today that swingman Lamar Patterson was named to the Naismith Trophy midseason watch list. The 6-5, redshirt senior was one of 30 players named to the list and one of four ACC players, joining Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair and Duke’s Jabari Parker.
Patterson is shooting over 46 percent form the floor and 40.5 from behind the three-point arc while leading the team in scoring (17.0 p.p.g.) and assists (111). He was the Panthers' top scorer 14 times his season. He scored 30 points in one game and scored at least 20 points in eight games this year.
He also set a Pitt record for most conference player of the week honors when he won the it for the third time in late January. He has scored in double figures 23 times out of 25 games played this year. Patterson is also a candidate for the USBWA’s Oscar Robertson Trophy, ACC Player of the Year honors and is an All-ACC First Team candidate.
Patterson has scored 1220 points and pulled down 525 rebounds in his Pitt career to date. He is known as a good passer which is one reason why he has 384 assists as well during his tenure at Pitt. He needs 16 points to become only the third Panther in history to score over 1,000 points, pull down 500 rebounds, and dish out 400 assists.
The Naismith Trophy is awarded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and awarded each year. Four finalists will be chosen on March 23 and the winner will be announced on April 6.