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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | October 19, 2016

2017 Julius Erving Award watch list released for top SFs

  Josh Hart returns to reigning champion Villanova as one of the nation's top small forwards.

Part three of Hoophall Awards' five preseason positional watch lists was released Wednesday in the form of the Julius Erving Award, presented to the top small forward at the end of the season.

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Twenty of the most elite small forwards from some of the top teams cracked the list in hopes of claiming the third-ever edition of the award. Below are all the preseason candidates:

2017 Julius Erving Award Watch List:
Evan Bradds Belmont Senior
Kelan Martin Butler Junior
Jaron Blossomgame Clemson RS Senior
Terry Larrier Connecticut RS Sophomore
Jayson Tatum Duke Freshman
Dwayne Bacon Florida State Sophomore
OG Anunoby Indiana Sophomore
Deng Adel Louisville Sophomore
Justin Jackson North Carolina Junior
VJ Beachem Notre Dame Senior
Jae'Sean Tate Ohio State Junior
Dillon Brooks Oregon Junior
Tres Tinkle Oregon State Sophomore
Vince Edwards Purdue Junior
Dikembe Dixson UIC Sophomore
Kevin Hervey UT Arlington Junior
Jalen Moore Utah State Senior
Josh Hart Villanova Senior
Markis McDuffie Wichita State Sophomore
Trevon Bluiett Xavier Junior

Since the Julius Erving Award was first presented in 2015, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine (2016) and Arizona's Stanley Johnson (2015) have taken home the hardware.

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