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Twenty-One Candidates Announced for 2018 Karl Malone Award

 
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Top Collegiate Power Forwards in the Nation Named to Watch List

 

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 21 watch list members for the 2018 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 fourth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 21 candidates.

“Karl Malone is unquestionably one of the greatest power forwards, a truly gifted player and an exemplary teammate,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “He had a phenomenal career and we are privileged to present an award bearing his name for the best power forward in the college game today.”

Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Malone achieved great success during his 19 seasons in the NBA as a 14-time NBA All-Star (1988-98, 2000-02), 11-time All-NBA First Team player (1989-99) and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996).

“With this award, we have been able to recognize some extraordinarily talented student-athletes in college basketball over the past three seasons,” said Karl Malone, a 2010 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “It is an honor to be associated with such an award and I hope the young men named to this watch list feel a sense of pride in being recognized for their efforts.”

By mid-February, the watch list of 21 players for the 2018 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.  The winner of the 2018 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 6, 2018. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015). For more information on the 2018 Karl Malone Award, log onto www.HoophallAwards.com.

 

2018 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates 

DeAndre Ayton

Arizona

Nana Foulland

Bucknell

Gary Clark Jr.

Cincinnati

Marvin Bagley III

Duke

Wendell Carter Jr.

Duke

Nick Mayo

Eastern Kentucky

Yante Maten

Georgia

Rokas Gustys

Hofstra

PJ Washington

Kentucky

Moritz Wagner

Michigan

Jordan Murphy

Minnesota

Alize Johnson

Missouri St.

Bonzie Colson II

Notre Dame

Mike Daum

South Dakota St.

Reid Travis

Stanford

Obi Enechionyia

Temple

Dylan Osetkowski

Texas

Robert Williams

Texas A&M

Zach Smith

Texas Tech

William Lee

UAB

Bennie Boatwright

USC

    *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*

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