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Final Five Candidates Announced for 2017 Julius Erving Award

 
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the five finalists for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Named after Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA All-Star Julius Erving, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel narrowed the original watch list of 20 candidates down to 10 and now the final five.

“As a small forward who dominated at every level of the game, Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving is an icon,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “To be nominated for this award is a special honor in and of itself and we look forward to watching these remarkable student athletes down the stretch.”

The winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans are encouraged to visit www.HoophallAwards.com to cast their votes March 10-24.

The winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Award will be presented at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards, presented by Wendy’s, live from The Novo by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 7, 2017. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EST.

Previous winners of the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award include Denzel Valentine, Michigan State (2016) and Stanley Johnson, Arizona (2015). For more information on the 2017 Julius Erving Award, log onto www.HoophallAwards.com.

 

2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Finalists 

 

Jayson Tatum

Duke

Josh Jackson

Kansas

Justin Jackson

North Carolina

Dillon Brooks

Oregon

Josh Hart

Villanova

 

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