Bryant named to preseason watch list for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

  • 10/21/2016 12:58 pm in

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the preseason watch list for the 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which honors the nation’s top center, on Friday.

Indiana sophomore Thomas Bryant was one of three Big Ten players named to the 20-player list along with Purdue’s Isaac Haas and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ.

The complete watch list, per a release, is available below:

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas
Eric Mika, Brigham Young University
Justin Patton, Creighton
Marques Bolden, Duke
Zena Edosomwan, Harvard
Thomas Bryant, Indiana
Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
Tim Kempton, Lehigh
Omer Yurtseven, North Carolina St.
Chris Boucher, Oregon
Isaac Haas, Purdue
Paschal Chukwu, Syracuse
Jarrett Allen, Texas
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Thomas Welsh, University of California, Los Angeles
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina
Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt
Mo Alie-Cox, Virginia Commonwealth University
Josh Hawkinson, Washington St.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

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  • Piker

    I don’t like Rookies getting named to these watch lists without playing one College game. I know they are top level high schoolers and will likely go pro following year but it still bugs me.

  • Fifer39

    Know what you mean piker, but these lists are just a punt about who’s going to be the best player at that position so I don’t really see a reason to exclude them. It would be like excluding an expansion team from the nba title betting which wouldn’t seem right – even though they might be unlikely winners.

  • John D Murphy

    Eric Mika doesn’t play center. You think that might be criteria for an award for the nation’s best center. Just sayin

  • IdahoHoosier

    He’s listed as a 6’10” forward. Few guys are listed as true centers or truly play the traditional position. Everyone wants to be a “stretch 4” so they may have the size of a traditional center but still shoots threes. If the guy is a 4 or 5 and that big that is close enough to “big man” for me.

  • Piker

    As long as the guy is the biggest on the floor and defending the middle 51% of the time I would say they qualify. TB was PF when we recruited but he defends the middle whenever he is in there. If Mika does not then I would agree with Murph.

  • sarge

    Wow, three guys on preseason award lists is truly special. With our depth, it makes you wonder how anyone (Lindy’s) could rank us so low. I bet some people (Lindy’s) are rethinking their predictions of this team. By the way Alex, why didn’t you mention the other publications (Lindy’s) in your article regarding IU’s #12 ranking in the Coach’s Poll? I guess you can’t trust everything you read (Lindy’s.)

  • ForeverIU

    I’m back. Did you miss me?

  • TomJameson

    I agree with Piker, they just haven’t “earned” the right to be on the list yet.

    Fifer39, I understand your point, but your example makes the opposite point … “even though they might be unlikely winners”. The idea of these lists are to put out there the likely winners. Maybe freshmen should have their own list, separate and distinct from the last three classes.

  • SilentBob

    There may be a few too many, but more often than not they’re a pretty solid bet. If I were to be a sports journalist, Id feel more comfortable picking a new crop of 5 stars to round out this list, as opposed to gambling on former 3 and 4 star vets making serious leaps in there game.

  • SilentBob

    That’s really just an argument for the list being too long. Not who should actually be on the list once the number is set. I’ll agree with the list being far too long. However there’s lots of long shot vets on this list too.

  • SilentBob

    Actually I argue the opposite. With guys like Davis, Townes, Okafor, and some of our own like Zeller, Vonleh, and Bryant…. I find it hard not to justify lots of 5 star freshmen being on such an extensive list.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Easily? No. Win it? Very possible. But there are some good big men out there and a couple very good freshmen. And there is always one guy that comes out of nowhere.

  • Fifer39

    I don’t like unproven freshman being included in way too early all American or all conference team lists. But this is just the first draft of an award shortlist so I don’t think any eligible player should be excluded. I think there’s at least a couple of freshman on list who have a shot. (At coming 2nd to TB!!)

  • Piker

    I guess I’m growing tired of the 5 star guys getting so much press attention etc. It’s out of control. Read Jabbar resume and I just get ill thinking an 18 year old could win an award named after him. I know it was a different Era/rules but I was around then and it just bugs me where we are now with these HS kids. I hope we are never a 5 star one and done factory.

  • SilentBob

    I’m right there with ya in that I don’t want to be a one and done factory. Half of the joy in amateur sports, to me anyway, is watching the players really grow. But at the same time, I just don’t understand how you can hate on a kid for being really good at a young age. Kids play more, get more exposure, and are just flat out better now of days. Players that are very close in skill level, I may take there vet status, but not on this list. I don’t find a handful of months to separate ones mathematical, artistic, or social ability in college very much. I find hard time doing it in sports either.

  • Piker

    Guess you don’t understand my position since you used hate. Ain’t in my vocabulary. Just don’t like the HS kids getting an award named after a guy like Kareem. We are not going to agree on what this award means because it means different things to different people but I respect your position….except for the hate part.

  • SilentBob

    Again. A generational gap. Hate is thrown around pretty loosely by my generation. I don’t see how you can knock them for an award for the nations best center.

    This isn’t about understanding. I understand fine. Or is about me not knowing my history. It’s an award for the best center this year. No more, no less.

  • Piker

    Don’t know what to say no more to you. I already said I respect your position. Yes it is about best center…your perspective of best center and mine. Throw around excuses for using hate. More power to you. My opinion that’s what is wrong with your generation.

  • Piker

    I am editing my on comment. Last sentence. That’s what is wrong with Bob. I have a 20 something son and daughter. They don’t throw the word hate around. Apology to the younger generation who feel the same.

  • SilentBob

    No, not that’s nots what wrong with my generation. Slang has always been a generational thing. Saying you respect my position, while assuming I don’t understand yours is the bogus thing. It falls into that whole “with all due respect” thing. Nothing respectful ever follows those words. I misunderstood your age, not your argument.

  • SilentBob

    Either way. I think we’re both rooting for our own guy, Thomas Bryant, to bring it home.