UCLABruins.com – UCLA's Lonzo Ball has selected as one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, as announced on Sunday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Ball joins Villanova's Josh Hart, Kansas' Frank Mason III and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan on the list of four finalists for this season's award, honoring the nation's top college basketball player.
Lonzo Ball is only going to be at UCLA for one season, but he's making the most of his brief time in the college ranks.
Ball has been one of the most electric players in college basketball from the moment he stepped on campus, and has lived up to the massive hype that surrounded his arrival. He became UCLA's single-season assist leader during the Bruins' NCAA Tournament debut on Friday, a 97-80 victory over Kent State, and is a large reason behind the team's realistic chance to reach the Final Four.
Ball currently ranks third on the Pac-12's single-season assist list, behind Ahlon Lewis and Jason Kidd, and will have the opportunity to break the conference's single-season record if UCLA makes a deep tournament run.
The Bruins resume NCAA Tournament play on Sunday against Cincinnati.
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