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Villanova’s Saddiq Bey wins Julius Erving Award for Nation’s Best Small Forward

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 29 Providence at Villanova Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Villanova sophomore Saddiq Bey has been named the winner of the 2020 Julius Erving Award, an annual award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men’s collegiate small forward.

The award, which was also won by the Wildcats’ Josh Hart in 2017 and Mikal Bridges in 2018, is in its six year.

Julius Erving noted, “As a sophomore, Saddiq Bey was an all-around competitor delovering buckets and consistency when Villanova needed it most. To come into a well-established program and find your place as an underclassman is no easy task, and it is clear that Saddiq earned the respect of his teammates and competition. I’m proud to honor Saddiq with the 2020 Julius Erving Award.”

Bey, a consensus All BIG EAST player, averaged 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game in the Coronavirus shortened season.