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Daniel Ochefu named to 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list

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2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Candidates Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona Mamadou Ndiaye, UC Irvine Josh Scott, Colorado Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga Thomas Bryant, Indiana Jameel McKay, Iowa State Cheick Diallo, Kansas Skal Labissiere, Kentucky Diamond Stone, Maryland Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina Zach Auguste, Notre Dame AJ Hammons, Purdue Jakob Poeltl, Utah Damian Jones, Vanderbilt Daniel Ochefu, Villanova Josh Hawkinson, Washington State Joel Bolomboy, Weber State Devin Williams, West Virginia

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Villanova senior Daniel Ochefu has been named one of the twenty players on the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list. The award, in its second year, recognizes college basketball's top center.

According to John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, "When it comes to collegiate centers, none have accomplished more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and we are pleased to include him in this celebration of the best in the game today. The 20 athletes on this list represent the most dedicated, determined and skillful centers in college basketball today and we wish them well as they head into the 2015-16 season."

Ochefu was named a finalist for the award last season. Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky won the inaugural edition of the award.

2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

  • Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
  • Mamadou Ndiaye, UC Irvine
  • Josh Scott, Colorado
  • Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville
  • Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga
  • Thomas Bryant, Indiana
  • Jameel McKay, Iowa State
  • Cheick Diallo, Kansas
  • Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
  • Diamond Stone, Maryland
  • Stephen Zimmerman, UNLV
  • Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina
  • Zach Auguste, Notre Dame
  • AJ Hammons, Purdue
  • Jakob Poeltl, Utah
  • Damian Jones, Vanderbilt
  • Daniel Ochefu, Villanova
  • Josh Hawkinson, Washington State
  • Joel Bolomboy, Weber State
  • Devin Williams, West Virginia