Player of the Year Competition Heats Up with Candidates Committed to Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina Among Other Top Schools

 ATLANTA (January 16, 2020) – The national competition for the 2020 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy has narrowed to 25 players on the midseason team as announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The list includes 25 high school seniors from across the country all vying for the Boys High School Player of the Year honor. From these 25 players, 10 semifinalists will be revealed on Feb. 6, and narrowed down to five finalists on Feb. 20. Finally, on March 10, the winner of the 2020 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy will be announced.

“We’re past the halfway point, and we’ve seen these 25 players excel thus far,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Each of these young men have the potential and talent to take home the Jersey Mike’s Naismith Player of the Year honor, and it’s exciting to watch things play out over the next several weeks.”

“Jersey Mike’s has been a huge advocate for high school sports, and we are proud to be associated with this prestigious award and these talented players,” said Rich Hope, Chief Marketing Officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “We look forward to following them through the rest of the season as they compete for this coveted award.”

2020 Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Boys Midseason Team

FirstLastClassPositionSchoolCity, StateCommitted to
DevinAskewSr.GMater Dei High SchoolSanta Ana, CAKentucky
ScottieBarnesSr.FMontverde AcademyMontverde, FLFlorida State
BrandonBoston Jr.Sr.FSierra Canyon SchoolChatsworth, CAKentucky
JaemynBrakefieldSr.FHuntington PrepHuntington, WVDuke
GregBrown IIISr.FVandegrift High SchoolAustin, TXUndecided
NimariBurnettSr.GProlific PrepNapa, CATexas Tech
JoshChristopherSr.GMayfair High SchoolLakewood, CAUndecided
TerrenceClarkeSr.G/FBrewster AcademyWolfeboro, NHKentucky
SharifeCooperSr.GMcEachern High SchoolPowder Springs, GAAuburn
CadeCunninghamSr.GMontverde AcademyMontverde, FLOklahoma State
JalenGreenSr.GProlific PrepNapa, CAUndecided
JalenJohnsonSr.FIMG AcademyBradenton, FLDuke
KeonJohnsonSr.GThe Webb SchoolBell Buckle, TNTennessee
WalkerKesslerSr.FWoodward AcademyCollege Park, GANorth Carolina
CalebLoveSr.GChristian Brothers College High SchoolSt. Louis, MONorth Carolina
EvanMobleySr.CRancho Christian SchoolTemecula, CAUSC
DaishenNixSr.GTrinity International SchoolLas Vegas, NVUCLA
JeremyRoachSr.GPaul VI Catholic High SchoolFairfax, VADuke
Day'RonSharpeSr.FMontverde AcademyMontverde, FLNorth Carolina
JadenSpringerSr.GIMG AcademyBradenton, FLTennessee
D.J.StewardSr.GWhitney M. Young Magnet High SchoolChicago, ILDuke
JalenSuggsSr.GMinnehaha AcademyMinneapolis, MNGonzaga
BryceThompsonSr.GBooker T. Washington High SchoolTulsa, OKKansas
IsaiahToddSr.FWord of God Christian AcademyRaleigh, NCMichigan
ZiaireWilliamsSr.FSierra Canyon SchoolChatsworth, CAUndecided


Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Citizen Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Citizen Watch Company, Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.


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