Kansas junior guard Marcus Garrett has been named 2020 Naismith defensive player of the year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.
Garrett, 6-5 from Dallas, won out over finalists Ashton Hagans of Kentucky, Tre Jones of Duke and Mark Vital of Baylor.
The finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s board of selectors, which is made up of leading journalists from around the country. They based their selections on “outstanding on-court defensive performances during the 2019-20 regular college basketball season.”
Garrett for the second straight season was a unanimous pick on the Big 12 all-defensive team. He also was named the 2020 Big 12 defensive player of the year.