SPRINGFIELD, Mass, - March 10, 2015 - (From staff report and official press release) - The Basketball Hall of Fame announced five finalists for each of their inaugural college basketball awards - the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
These awards were introduced during the 2014-15 season, in addition to the longtime honor of the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, presented by College of the Holy Cross, which is now in its twelfth year. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel narrowed the original player watch lists down to the final five candidates in each position.
“For many years, the Basketball Hall of Fame has recognized the top collegiate point guards in the nation with the Bob Cousy Award. This season, we are excited to expand upon these awards by recognizing the top players at each position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The finalists selected exhibit tremendous athleticism and remarkable drive. They are the best of the best and we are pleased to be recognizing them for their efforts.”
The winners of the Basketball Hall of Fame college basketball awards will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Hall of Fame’s selection committees. Fans are encouraged to visit www.HoophallAwards.com to cast their votes March 9-18. The winners of the inaugural awards will be awarded at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards broadcast on ESPN2, Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT.
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2015 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award Finalists
Tyler Haws, Brigham Young University
Jerian Grant, University of Notre Dame
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State University
Buddy Hield, University of Oklahoma
Ron Baker, Wichita State University
2015 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Finalists
Stanley Johnson, University of Arizona
Justise Winslow, Duke University
LaDontae Henton, Providence College
Justin Anderson, University of Virginia
Sam Dekker, University of Wisconsin
2015 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award finalists:
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga University
David Laury, Iona College
Georges Niang, Iowa State University
Perry Ellis, University of Kansas
Montrezl Harrell, University of Louisville
Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky
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2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Finalists:
Bobby Portis, University of Arkansas
Jahlil Okafor, Duke University
Willie Cauley-Stein, University of Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse University
Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin
The Bob Cousy point guard finalists will be announced at a later date.