UFF MBB | Johnson Tabbed to Naismith Player of the Year Trophy Watch List

The preseason recognition continues to pile up for the All-SEC junior forward.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Florida junior All-SEC forward Keyontae Johnson has been selected as one of 50 players across collegiate basketball named to the 2021 Naismith Men’s Player of the Year Trophy Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday morning.

Johnson’s continues to reel in recognition prior to the 2020-21 campaign after being selected as the media’s Preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on Nov. 12 and a member of the Julius Erving Award Watch List on Nov. 4. The Norfolk, Va. native heads into his third year in a Gator uniform after receiving Coaches First Team and AP Second Team All-SEC accolades a season ago. In 31 appearances in 2019-20, Johnson led Florida in points (14.1) and steals (38), while grabbing a team-high rebounds in 13 contests.

The Naismith Trophy will be trimmed to a mid-season list of 30 in early February, followed by lists of 10 semifinalists (March 4, 2021) and four finalists (March 16). The 2021 Naismith Trophy is set to be handed out at the Final Four at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 4.

Johnson is just one of six members from SEC institutions to land on the trophy watch list.

The Gators begin their 2020-21 campaign next week at the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Bubbleville at the Mohegan Sun Arena against UMass Lowell (Nov. 25) and Virginia (Nov. 27). After an eight-game nonconference slate, Florida will jump into SEC action on Dec. 30 at Vanderbilt before welcoming LSU on Jan. 2 in their conference home opener at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Full Watch List
Name

School

Joel Ayayi

Gonzaga

Scottie Barnes

Florida State

Charles Bassey

Western Kentucky

B.J. Boston

Kentucky

James Bouknight

UConn

Garrison Brooks

North Carolina

Greg Brown

Texas

Jared Butler

Baylor

Marcus Carr

Minnesota

Terrence Clarke

Kentucky

Kofi Cockburn

Illinois

Jalen Crutcher

Dayton

Cade Cunningham

Oklahoma State

Oscar da Silva

Stanford

Ayo Dosunmu

Illinois

Marcus Garrett

Kansas

Luke Garza

Iowa

Collin Gillespie

Villanova

Kellan Grady

Davidson

A.J. Green

Northern Iowa

Sam Hauser

Virginia

Aaron Henry

Michigan State

Matthew Hurt

Duke

Trayce Jackson-Davis

Indiana

Jalen Johnson

Duke

Keyontae Johnson

Florida

David Johnson

Louisville

Corey Kispert

Gonzaga

Isaiah Livers

Michigan

Caleb Love

North Carolina

Sandro Mamukelashvili

Seton Hall

Remy Martin

Arizona State

Caleb Mills

Houston

Evan Mobley

USC

Wendell Moore Jr.

Duke

Yves Pons

Tennessee

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

Villanova

Colbey Ross

Pepperdine

Fatts Russell

Rhode Island

Javonte Smart

LSU

Chris Smith

UCLA

Jalen Suggs

Gonzaga

MaCio Teague

Baylor

Drew Timme

Gonzaga

Oscar Tshiebwe

West Virginia

Trendon Watford

LSU

Trevion Williams

Purdue

Ziaire Williams

Stanford

McKinley Wright IV

Colorado

Marcus Zegarowski

Creighton

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