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Garrison Brooks and Caleb Love are named to the 2021 Naismith Trophy Watch List.

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This week, two North Carolina Tar Heels were named to the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Watch List.

Senior forward Garrison Brooks and freshman guard Caleb Love are two of 50 collegiate players named to the preseason watch list for the top basketball player in the country.

The inclusion of Brooks on the Naismith Trophy Watch List adds to his high preseason expectations. Brooks was projected as the ACC Player of the Year and added to the watch list for 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.

UNC is one of nine teams with multiple players on the preseason list. The ACC is tied with the Big Ten with the most players on the list with eight.

Three Tar Heels have won the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Trophy. Past Carolina winners include Tyler Hansbrough in 2008, Antawn Jamison in 1998, and Michael Jordan in 1984.