Last year Caleb Swanigan was flat out robbed for the Karl Malone Award given by the Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s best Power Forward. It was given to Johnathan Motley of Baylor instead of Baylor, a huge travesty.
This year we don’t have a finalist to take that award, but we do have a finalist for the Jerry West Award, which is the same award given to the nation’s best shooting guard. Today Carsen Edwards was named as one of 10 finalists for the West Award. Even more impressive, he was not on the preseason top 20 list.
Carsen is the only player in the Big Ten on the list, which will be narroed down to five in early March. Last year’s winner was Malik Monk of Kentucky to give you an idea of what it takes to win it. Buddy Hield and D’Angelo Russell have also won it in the past.
Here are the 10 current Finalists:
Allonzo Trier - Arizona
Chandler Hutchinson - Boise State
Marcus Foster - Creighton
Grayson Allen - Duke
Rob Gray - Houston
Kendrick Nunn - Oakland
Carsen Edwards - Purdue
E.C. Matthews - Rhode Island
Tyus Battle - Syracuse
Fletcher Magee - Wofford