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    Dr. James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 after seeing the need for more indoor sports options during the cold months of winter. With a soccer ball, two peach baskets and a set of rules, the sport was born.

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    The Naismith trophy is awarded annually to the players of the year in women’s and men’s college basketball. This elite award is named in honor of the creator of the game of basketball, Dr. James Naismith.

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Award Winners

Men’s College Player of the Year

BUDDY HIELD, Senior, Oklahoma

Women’s College Player of the Year

BREANNA STEWART, Senior, Connecticut

Men’s College Coach of the Year

JAY WRIGHT, Villanova

Women’s College Coach of the Year

GENO AURIEMMA, Connecticut

The Naismith Trophy Tour

Trophy Tour

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of your schools and the Naismith Trophy on the 2016 Naismith Awards Trophy Tour presented by Hilton Hotels Worldwide!

25th anniversary of the 1991 Naismith Trophy

Dawn Staley (Virginia) and Larry Johnson (UNLV) are celebrating their 25th anniversary of the 1991 Naismith Trophy