It’s really all right there in the title.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Five Finalists for 2021 @kaj33 Award. #KareemAward— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) February 26, 2021
Fan voting presented by @DellTech goes live today at 1PM EST.
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The final five names for the award were announced this afternoon. Three players from the Big Ten are amongst the final five. While it is an honor just to be nominated it’s an even bigger honor to win the thing.
Fans have an opportunity to make their voices heard in this selection process. While the details are a bit scarce on how much the fan voting counts; every little bit helps. Just follow the link and vote. You can vote once per day. It states that you have to verify your vote via email but I’m still waiting on my verification email so it seems like there might still be some things to work out.
Trevion Williams is certainly deserving of the award. He has been an absolute beast for the Boilermakers this season. Putting stats aside for just one second Williams certainly passes the eyeball test as the team is just better with him on the court. He may be the best passing big man that Purdue has ever seen. He makes passes across court that you’d assume were made by a player six inches shorter and about 60 pounds lighter. Some of the shots and moves he makes in the post are mind boggling. His improvement from his freshman year to now has been incredible. It’s a testament to his hard work and the coaching staff around him.
The stats are pretty impressive too though. On the year Williams is averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds a game. Nearly a double double. He also doles out two assists per game on average which is pretty incredible given his position. He’s shooting 52% from the floor on the year.
Williams will have a chance to improve these numbers tonight against Penn State at 7:00 PM. In the first meeting between the two teams Williams had 13 and 11 despite only playing 19 minutes.
Congrats to Trevion on the honor of being named a finalist, now let’s go out and win the whole thing.