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Phil, Pressey, Michael Dixon, Jr. make Naismith preseason watch list

The annual list includes 50 of the top college basketball players in the nation.

Jamie Squire

The preseason Naismith Award watch list has been revealed, and two Missouri Tigers have made the cut. Frank Haith has plenty of talent to work with this year, anchored by stars Michael Dixon, Jr. and Phil Pressey.

Pressey was a preseason All-American, so it's not a surprise to see him on the list. Dixon is also a strong player and the two should help offset the loss of players like Marcus Denmon and Kim English to the pros.

From the press release, "The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-2013 college basketball season. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta."

Pressey scored 19 points and had 9 assists in the Tigers' season opening game against SEMO. Dixon has yet to play this season due to a suspension.