The Hoophall Awards’ released the watch list for the Karl Malone Award, presented to the top power forward at the end of the season.  

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In February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2017 Karl Malone award will be narrowed to 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2017 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Here is a list of the 2017 Candidates: 

2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates

Name School
Lauri Markkanen Arizona
Johnathan Motley Baylor
Ivan Rabb California
Amile Jefferson Duke
Jonathan Isaac Florida State
Yante Maten Georgia
Carlton Bragg Jr. Kansas
Dedric Lawson Memphis
Miles Bridges Michigan State
Isaiah Hicks North Carolina
Bonzie Colson Notre Dame
Michael Young Pittsburgh
Caleb Swanigan Purdue
Tyler Lydon Syracuse
TJ Leaf UCLA
Bennie Boatwright Southern California
Alec Peters Valparaiso
Kris Jenkins Villanova
Austin Nichols Virginia
Nigel Hayes Wisconsin

From 1982-85, Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech and 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.

Since the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award was first presented in 2015, Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell (2015) and Iowa State’s Georges Niang have been honored the award.