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A.J. Hammons Named Finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

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The senior center is up for the award that goes to the nation's best big man.

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One way to get your name to hang forever in the rafters at Mackey Arena is to win a national award. A.J. Hammons is one step closer to that. This morning it was announced that he was named a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award which is given by the Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's best center. He is one of 10 finalists:

Moses Kingsley - Arkansas

Josh Scott - Colorado

Egidijus Mockevicius - Evansville

Domantas Sabonis - Gonzaga

Zach Auguste - Notre Dame

A.J. Hammons - Purdue

Jakob Poeltl - Utah

Ben Bentil - Providence

Josh Hawkinson - Washington State

Joel Bolomboy - Weber State

A couple more games like his performance against Nebraska should lock this baby up. It is time for A.J. to go out, improve his draft stock, and bring home some major hardware with this award. Something like a 25-15-5 the rest of the way in points, rebounds, and blocks would be really nice.