The Naismith Awards program, now in its 36th year, honors the outstanding college basketball players in the United States. The awards program was founded by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, an organization dedicated to recognizing the achievements of student-athletes in basketball. The candidates were selected by a vote of the Board of Selectors comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists, and basketball analysts. Members of the board were asked to name top male and female players who are most likely to be in contention for the award.
"Both the men's and women's fields, from top to bottom, are extremely talented," said Bradford. "The race for the Naismith Award will once again be very competitive and exciting."
The 2003-04 male candidates include- Andre Barrett (Seton Hall), Dee Brown (Illinois), Josh Childress (Stanford), Paul Davis (Michigan State), Ike Diogu (Arizona State), Chris Duhon (Duke), Andre Emmett (Texas Tech), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Channing Frye (Arizona), Ben Gordon (UConn), David Harrison (Colorado), Chris Hill (Michigan State), Julius Hodge (N.C. State), Luke Jackson (Oregon), Keith Langford (Kansas), Rashad McCants (North Carolina), Marus Moore (Washington State), Brandon Mouton (Texas), Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Emeka Okafor (UConn), Rickey Paulding (Missouri), J.J. Redick (Duke), Darius Rice (Miami), Ronain Sato (Xavier), Wayne Simien (Kansas), Salim Stoudamire (Arizona), Amit Tamir (California), Chris Thomas (Notre Dame), Hakim Warrick (Syracuse) and Bracey Wright (Indiana).
The 2003-04 female candidates include- Seimone Augustus (LSU), Jacqueline Batteast (Notre Dame), Alana Beard (Duke), Jenni Benningfield (Vanderbilt), Tera Bjorklund (Colorado), Rebakkah Brunson (Georgetown), Jamie Carey (Texas), Shameka Christon (Arkansas), Shyra Ely (Tennessee), Trina Frierson (La. Tech), Ebony Hoffman (Southern California), Temeka Johnson (LSU), Chandi Jones (Houston), Kelly Mazzante (Penn State), Loree Moore (Tennessee), Nicole Ohlde (Kansas State), Jia Perkins (Texas Tech), Cappie Pondexter (Rutgers), Nicole Powell (Stanford), Heather Schreiber (Texas), Stacy Stephens (Texas), Ann Strother (UConn), Diana Taurasi (UConn), Christi Thomas (Georgia), Iciss Tillis (Duke), Kendra Wecker (Kansas State), Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota), Tan White (Mississippi State), Shreka Wright (Purdue), Tanisha Wright (Penn State).