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BATTIER, CATCHINGS LEAD NAISMITH NOMINEES

Duke's Shane Battier and Tennessee's Tamika Catchings were the top vote-getters on the preseason list of candidates for the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Naismith player of the year awards.

The other top candidates among the men were Troy Murphy of Notre Dame and Brendan Haywood of North Carolina. Svetlana Abrosimova of Connecticut and LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State were the other top female candidates.

The award is determined in voting by a group of coaches, journalists and administrators.

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