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Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame | October 18, 2018

College basketball awards: 20 power forwards named to Karl Malone Award preseason watch list

Dan Hamilton | USA Today Sports Images zion williamson-duke Duke's Zion Williamson (left) is on the preseason Karl Malone Award watch list

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 20 watch list members for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its fifth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

“We are privileged to annually present an award bearing the name of Karl Malone, a truly gifted player and an exemplary teammate,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The young men on the watch list for this, and other awards in the Naismith Starting 5, should be extremely proud, and we look forward to watching them compete throughout the upcoming season.”

MORE: Jerry West Award watch list | Bob Cousy Award watch list | Julius Erving Award watch list

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).

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 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 2019 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5. Additional awards being presented and receiving support from Eaton Ephesus Lighting include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

NAME SCHOOL
Yoeli Childs BYU
Zion Williamson Duke
Juwan Morgan Indiana
Dedric Lawson Kansas
Dean Wade Kansas State
Reid Travis Kentucky
P.J. Washington Kentucky
Jordan Murphy Minnesota
Jordan Brown Nevada
Luke Maye North Carolina
Drew McDonald Northern Kentucky
Chris Silva South Carolina
Mike Daum South Dakota State
Grant Williams Tennessee
Devontae Cacok UNC Wilmington
Bennie Boatwright Southern California
Simisola Shittu Vanderbilt
Eric Paschall Villanova
Noah Dickerson Washington
Sagaba Konate West Virginia

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2018-19 season*

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