On Thursday afternoon, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award, an accolade given to the top power forward in men’s college basketball, and Villanova’s Jeremiah Robinson-Earl made the list.
Congratulations to our guy - on being named to the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Watch List! @JCREarl x #HumbleAndHungry pic.twitter.com/CKZJFI0VTJ— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) November 5, 2020
Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its seventh year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
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A native of Overland Park, KS, Robinson-Earl starting all 31 games last season for ‘Nova. He averaged 10.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest and reached double figures in scoring 16 times. Robinson-Earl earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week six times last season en route to winning the Conference’s Freshman of the Year Award.
Teammates Collin Gillespie was added to the Cousy Award Watch List, Justin Moore was on the Jerry West Award Watch List, and Jermaine Samuels was on the Julius Erving Award List earlier this week.
2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates
- Mark Vital – Baylor
- Aamir Simms – Clemson
- Matthew Hurt – Duke
- Drew Timme – Gonzaga
- Trayce Jackson-Davis – Indiana
- Isaiah Jackson – Kentucky
- Trendon Watford – LSU
- Tre Mitchell – Massachusetts
- Garrison Brooks – North Carolina
- Seth Towns – Ohio State
- Brady Manek – Oklahoma
- Hasahn French – Saint Louis
- Sandro Mamukelashvili – Seton Hall
- Oscar da Silva – Stanford
- John Fulkerson – Tennessee
- Greg Brown – Texas
- Kevin Marfo – Texas A&M
- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – Villanova
- Oscar Tshiebwe – West Virginia
- Nate Reuvers – Wisconsin