Ferrell, Blackmon Jr., Williams on watch lists for national awards
A trio of Indiana players are on award watch lists announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Senior guard Yogi Ferrell is on the watch list for the 2016 Bob Cousy Award, which honors the nation’s top point guard. Other Big Ten point guards on the Cousy watch list include Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig and Maryland’s Melo Trimble.
Sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. was named to the watch list for the 2016 Jerry West Award, which honors the nation’s top shooting guard. Other Big Ten shooting guards on the West watch list include Maryland’s Rasheed Suliamon and Michigan’s Caris LeVert.
Junior forward Troy Williams was named to the watch list for the 2016 Julius Erving Award, which honors the nation’s top small forward. Also on the Erving watch list from the Big Ten are Maryland’s Jake Layman, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.
Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan was the only Big Ten player named to the watch list for the 2016 Karl Malone Award, which honors the nation’s top power forward. Twenty players are named to each watch list.
The watch list for the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabar Center of the Year Award will be announced on Friday.