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Kelan Martin Named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – On the eve of the 2017-18 season, Butler senior F Kelan Martin picked up yet another preseason recognition. Martin was named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced 50 players for the coveted award, which will be presented for the 50th time on April 1, 2018. A list of the midseason 30 team will be released on Feb. 14, 2018.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Senior Forward Kelan Martin

Martin is also on watch lists for the Julius Erving Award (given to the nation’s top small forward) and the Lute Olson Award, which is’s National Player of the Year Award (presented to a player who has been in college for at least two seasons).

Martin earned one of the spots on the preseason All-BIG EAST First Team after averaging 16.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game a season ago. Those marks placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the BIG EAST Conference for the 2016-17 season. He shot 78 percent from the free throw line, also in the Top 10 among conference players.

The 6-7 forward from Louisville, Ky., scored 20 or more points in 10 games for the Bulldogs last season, and led the team in scoring 15 times. He has been voted an All-BIG EAST Second Team performer by the conference’s head coaches following each of the past two seasons.

Jaylen Adams Sr. G St. Bonaventure
Deng Adel Jr. F Louisville
Rawle Alkins So. G Arizona
Grayson Allen Sr. G Duke
KeVaughn Allen Jr. G Florida
Deandre Ayton Fr. F Arizona
Marvin Bagley III Fr. F Duke
Mohamed Bamba Fr. F Texas
Joel Berry II Sr. G North Carolina
Trevon Bluiett Sr. G Xavier
Bennie Boatwright Jr. F USC
Miles Bridges So. G/F Michigan State
Bruce Brown So. G Miami
Jalen Brunson Jr. G Villanova
Jeffrey Carroll Sr. G Oklahoma State
Jevon Carter Sr. G West Virginia
Wendell Carter Jr. Fr. F Duke
Bonzie Colson Sr. F Notre Dame
Mike Daum Jr. F South Dakota State
Tyler Davis Jr. C Texas A&M
Angel Delgado Sr. C Seton Hall
Hamidou Diallo Fr. G Kentucky
Trevon Duval Fr. G Duke
Vince Edwards Sr. F Purdue
Matt Farrell Sr. G Notre Dame
Marcus Foster Sr. G Creighton
Devonte’ Graham Sr. G Kansas
Ethan Happ Jr. F Wisconsin
Aaron Holiday Jr. G UCLA
Chandler Hutchison Sr. G Boise State
Justin Jackson So. F Maryland
Kevin Knox Fr. F Kentucky
Jock Landale Sr. C St. Mary’s
Kelan Martin Sr. F Butler
Nate Mason Sr. G Minnesota
Yante Maten Sr. F Georgia
Bryant McIntosh Sr. G Northwestern
Jordan McLaughlin Sr. G USC
Chimezie Metu Jr. F USC
Shake Milton Jr. G SMU
Malik Newman So. G Kansas
Michael Porter Jr. Fr. F Missouri
Collin Sexton Fr. G Alabama
Landry Shamet So. G Wichita State
Reid Travis Sr. F Stanford
Allonzo Trier Jr. G Arizona
Moritz Wagner Jr. F Michigan
Nick Ward So. F Michigan State
Jonathan Williams Sr. F Gonzaga
Robert Williams So. F Texas A&M


Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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