The Honors Just Keep Rolling in For Deron Williams

Illini Point Guard Deron Williams continues to make pre-season list.

Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Deron Williams is one of 21 players listed on the pre-season watch list for the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy. The ACC dominates the list of 21 players included on the pre-season watch list for the Adolph F. Rupp Trophy, it was announced here today. The pre-season list includes 8 ACC players. The Big 12 followed up with 3 players, while the list also includes 2 players each from the Big 10, Conference USA, the SEC and Pac 10. Individual programs leading the picks were North Carolina with 3 inclusions, and Oklahoma State with 2 picks.

The entire Rupp pre-season watch list, listed by conference, includes:

John Gilchrist - Maryland Julius Hodge - NC State Jarret Jack - Georgia Tech. Sean May - North Carolina Rashad McCants - North Carolina Raymond Felton - North Carolina Chris Paul - Wake Forest J.J. Reddick - Duke Joey Graham - Oklahoma State John Lucas - Oklahoma State Wayne Simien - Kansas Deron Williams - Illinois Bracey Wright - Indiana Ryan Gomes - Providence Hakim Warrick - Syracuse Francisco Garcia - Louisville Curtis Withers - UNC Charlotte Hassan Adams - Arizona Ike Diogu - Arizona State Chuck Hayes - Kentucky Lawrence Roberts - Mississippi State

The Rupp Trophy will be given to the nation's best player at the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis. Last year's winner, Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's) went on to become a first round draft pick for Denver and was later traded to the Orlando Magic.

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