The award, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, is one of the most prestigious national honors in college basketball. The winner will be announced on March 30.
Overall, the list is balanced by class with five seniors (including Jones), six juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen appearing. Jones is one of two Big East players on the list -- Connecticut sophomore Jeremy Lamb also represents the league.
Kevin Jones continues to lead the Big East in scoring (20.8) and rebounding (11.2). He has scored 20 points in nine consecutive games.
Other players can still be added to the list for consideration for the award. Finalists will be announced in mid-March. Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.