On Wednesday afternoon, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its preseason watch list for the Julius Erving Award, an accolade given to the top small forward in men’s college basketball, and Villanova’s Jermaine Samuels made the list.
Congratulations to our guy on being named to the 2021 @JuliusErving Small Forward of the Year Award Watch List! @J_Swizz23 | #HumbleAndHungry pic.twitter.com/OltoCDblib— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) November 4, 2020
SMALL FORWARD U: The award is in its seventh year with three Villanovans taking home the award; Josh Hart in 2017, Mikal Bridges in 2018, and Saddiq Bey in 2020.
As a junior, the 6’7” Massachusetts native averaged 10.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 46.6% from the floor- including 27.6% from beyond the arc.
He is the only representative from the BIG EAST to be on the award’s Watch List. The winner of the award will be announced on April 9th.
Teammates Collin Gillespie was added to the Cousy Award Watch List and Justin Moore was on the Jerry West Award Watch List earlier this week.
2021 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates*
Derrick Alston Jr., Boise State
Jalen Johnson, Duke
Wendell Moore, Duke
Jayden Gardner, East Carolina
Keyontae Johnson, Florida
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga
Brandon Boston Jr., Kentucky
D.J. Jeffries, Memphis
Aaron Wiggins, Maryland
Isaiah Livers, Michigan
Aaron Henry, Michigan State
Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
Matt Mitchell, San Diego State
Ziaire Williams, Stanford
Yves Pons, Tennessee
Terrence Shannon, Jr., Texas Tech
Chris Smith, UCLA
Timmy Allen, Utah
Jermaine Samuels, Villanova
Sam Hauser, Virginia