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Final Five Candidates Announced for 2017 Karl Malone Award

 
Thursday, March 09, 2017

Fan Voting to Open Friday, March 10 on HoophallAwards.com

 

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the five finalists for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A 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 consistently tenacious player and reliable teammate, Karl Malone earned a reputation as one of the best to ever play the game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The five power forwards named as finalists for this award have shown similar capabilities and should be very proud of all they have accomplished in their collegiate careers.”

The winner of the 2017 Karl Malone Power 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 Karl Malone 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 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015). For more information on the 2017 Karl Malone Award, log onto www.HoophallAwards.com.

 

2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Finalists 

Lauri Markkanen

Arizona

Johnathan Motley

Baylor

Bonzie Colson

Notre Dame

Caleb Swanigan

Purdue

TJ Leaf

UCLA

 

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

  

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