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Five finalists named for Naismith High School Boys Trophy

Mohamed Bamba wants to beat the odds. (Photo:  David Butler II, USA Today Sports)

Mohamed Bamba (Photo: David Butler II, USA Today Sports)    

The five finalists for the Naismith High School Boys Trophy were announced Wednesday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The award will be presented in early March.

The list began with 50 players on the preseason watch list and had been trimmed to the 10 semifinalists last month.

Here are the finalists in alphabetical order with position, school and college destination.

  • DeAndre Ayton, center, Hillcrest Academy (Phoenix, Ariz.), Arizona
  • Mohamed Bamba, center, Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.), uncommitted
  • Wendell Carter, forward, Pace Academy (Atlanta), Duke
  • Trevon Duval, guard, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), uncommitted
  • Michael Porter Jr., forward, Nathan Hale (Seattle), Washington