The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalists in men's college basketball.
Ten players from eight different conferences are represented. Auburn forward Walker Kessler, who leads the nation in blocks at 4.66 per game, is among the semifinalists. Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard, who leads the pack in steals with 3.03 per game, is also featured.
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In 2021, Davion Mitchell won the award. The Baylor guard averaged 2 steals and helped lead the Bears to the program's first national championship.
Finalists will be named March 16, and the winner will be announced April 3.
|Jacob Gilyard||Sr.||G||Richmond||Atlantic 10|
|Caleb McConnell||Sr.||G||Rutgers||Big Ten|
|Kevin McCullar||Jr.||G||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Jamarion Sharp||Jr.||C||Western Kentucky||USA East|