ATLANTA (AP) -- Shane Battier of Duke and twins Coco and Kelly Miller of Georgia are among the finalists for the 2001 Naismith college basketball player of the year awards.
The Miller twins, from Rochester, Minn., won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete for 1999. They became the first athletes in that award's 70-year history to be nominated as a joint entry.
The Naismith finalists, announced Monday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, were selected by a national advisory board of coaches, journalists and administrators. The winners will be announced in Atlanta on April 7.
The other finalists for the men's award are Charlie Bell and Jason Richardson of Michigan State, Jarron Collins and Casey Jacobson of Stanford, Joseph Forte and Brendan Haywood of North Carolina, Troy Murphy of Notre Dame and Jason Williams of Duke.
The other finalists for the women's award are Svetlana Abrosimova, Sue Bird and Shea Ralph, all of Connecticut, and Tamika Catchings and Michelle Snow of Tennessee.
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