The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday the ten watch list finalists for the 2016 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. The annual honor in its second year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.
Among the ten players is Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson, who is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. He ranks 4th in the Big East in scoring and first in rebounding.
Ellenson was voted to the preseason All Big East second team and has been named the Big East Freshman of the Year five times already this season. He is a projected lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Karl Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee to decide the winner.
Last season, Montrezl Harrell of Louisville was named the inaugural winner of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.