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NCAA.com | March 1, 2022

2022 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalists for men's college basketball announced

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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. 

Full Name Class Pos. School Conference
Tari Eason So. F LSU SEC
Jacob Gilyard Sr. G Richmond Atlantic 10
Chet Holmgren Fr. C Gonzaga WCC
Walker Kessler So. F Auburn SEC
Christian Koloko Jr. C Arizona Pac-12
Caleb McConnell Sr. G Rutgers Big Ten
Kevin McCullar Jr. G Texas Tech Big 12
Jamarion Sharp Jr. C Western Kentucky USA East
Oscar Tshiebwe Jr. F Kentucky SEC
Mark Williams So. C Duke ACC

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