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Watch list for Malone award released

NBC Sports logo NBC Sports 10/18/2018 Travis Hines
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It’s watchlist season, y’all.

The latest preseason inventory comes from the Malone Award, given to the country’s top power forward, which features 20 names.

Kentucky has a pair of players with P.J. Washington and Stanford transfer Reid Travis while the mid-major ranks are represented by South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald and UNCW’s Devontae Cacok.

Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson is also on the list as is senior All-American candidates Dean Wade of Kansas State and Luke Maye of North Carolina. SEC player of the year Grant Williams also makes the cut.

“We are privileged to annually present an award bearing the name of Karl Malone, a truly gifted player and an exemplary teammate,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “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.”

The list will be cut to 10 in February, then to five and finally awarded to the honoree in April. Players not named in the initial 20 can also work their way into consideration.

Arizona’s Deandre Ayton won last year, Johnathan Motley of Baylor in 2017 and Georges Niang of Iowa State in 2016.

2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates

Yoeli Childs, BYU

Zion Williamson, Duke

Juwan Morgan, Indiana

Dedric Lawson, Kansas

Dean Wade, Kansas St

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, UNCW

Bennie Boatwright, USC

Simisola Shittu, Vanderbilt

Eric Paschall, Villanova

Noah Dickerson, Washington

Sagaba Konate, West Virginia

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