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Twenty Candidates Named for 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 20 watch list members for the 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award on Tuesday, honoring the top center in college basketball.

The annual honor — which recognizes the nation’s center — is now in its fourth year. Past winners include Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski (2017), Utah’s Jakob Poeltl (2016) and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky (2015).

By mid-February, the list of 20 players will be narrowed down to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on Friday, April 6, 2018.

The watchlist is made up of two freshmen, three sophomores, six juniors, and nine seniors. A wide range of conferences are represented, as the Pac-12 leads the way with five representatives. The SEC has four players represented, as the ACC has three representatives. The Big East, Big Ten, and Big-12 each have two representatives apiece, as the AAC and WCC each have one representative.

On Monday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the candidates for the 2018 Bob Cousy Award, honoring the nation’s top point guard. On Tuesday, they announced the candidates for the 2018 Jerry West Award, honoring the nation’s top shooting guard, and on Wednesday they announced the candidates for the 2018 Julius Erving Award, honoring the nation’s top small forward. Thursday they announced the candidates for the 2018 Karl Malone Award, honoring the nation’s top power forward.

ABDUL-JABBAR WATCH LIST:

  • Dusan Ristic – Arizona – Sr – Pac-12
  • Austin Wiley – Auburn – So – SEC
  • Kingsley Okoroh – California – Sr – Pac-12
  • Tacko Fall – Central Florida – Jr – AAC
  • Marques Bolden – Duke – So – ACC
  • John Egbunu – Florida – Sr – SEC
  • Jessie Govan – Georgetown – Jr – Big East
  • Ben Lammers – Georgia Tech – Sr – ACC
  • Nick Richards – Kentucky – Fr – SEC
  • Omer Yurtseven – NC State – So – ACC
  • Isaac Haas – Purdue – Sr – Big Ten
  • Jock Landale – Saint Mary’s – Jr – WCC
  • Angel Delgado – Seton Hall – Sr – Big East
  • Michael Humphrey – Stanford – Sr – Pac-12
  • Vladimir Brodziansky – TCU – Sr – Big-12
  • Mohamed Bamba – Texas – Fr – Big-12
  • Tyler Davis – Texas A&M – Jr – SEC
  • Thomas Welsch – UCLA – Sr – Pac-12
  • Chimezie Metu – USC – Jr  – Pac-12
  • Ethan Happ – Wisconsin – Jr – Big Ten

 

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