Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart, along three other Big 12 players, were named to the final 30 in the Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Award competition in a press release Feb. 26, 2013, by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Kansas has two players on the list, Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey. Kansas State's Rodney McGruder was also named to the list. Duke and Indiana were the only other two schools to have two players to make the final 30 list.
Fans will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite player. Fan voting will happen via texting and will open March 25. AT&T is the sponsor of the award, and the company says it will open the voting to other wireless carriers to allow more fans to vote. Fan voting will make up 25 percent of the final vote.
Kentucky's Anthony Davis won last year's men's award.
The winner there will receive a vote to help determine the 2013 Naismith Trophy Award winner. In late March four finalists will be chosen and the winner announced on April 7,
The top 30 were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's board of selectors. They based their choice on play to this point in the season.
Naismith Award winners are also named for women's basketball, as well as boys and girls high school basketball. Coaches and referees are also honored.