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Sunday / November 17.
  • Matthew Hurt, Kahlil Whitney, Scottie Lewis, Jaden McDaniels featured on Julius Erving Watch List

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    Duke freshman Matthew Hurt, Florida freshman Scottie Lewis, Washington freshman Jaden McDaniels and Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney are among the 20 players named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top small forward in college basketball.

    The list has a heavy New York/Jersey flavor as Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa, who lived in The Bronx for five years, and St. John’s junior L.J. Figueroa made the list in addition to Lewis and Whitney, two New Jersey natives. The list also includes Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes and Louisville’s Jordan Nwora, a Buffalo native and the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

    Julius Erving attended the University of Massachusetts and averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game, making him one of only six NCAA men’s basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. After two seasons, Erving made the jump to the American Basketball Association and was the league’s most recognizable player when it merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. During his professional career, Erving won three championships, four most valuable player awards and three scoring titles. In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

    New to the award this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the Erving Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2020 Julius Erving Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles on Friday, April 10, 2020.

    2020 Erving Award Watch List

    Josh Green — Arizona

    Matthew Hurt — Duke

    Scottie Lewis — Florida

    Corey Kispert — Gonzaga

    Seth Towns — Harvard

    Xavier Sneed — Kansas State

    Kahlil Whitney — Kentucky

    Jordan Nwora — Louisville

    Precious Achiuwa — Memphis

    Tres Tinkle — Oregon St.

    Alpha Diallo — Providence

    Nojel Eastern — Purdue

    LJ Figueroa — St. John’s

    Elijah Hughes — Syracuse

    Chris Clarke — Texas Tech

    Anthony Lamb — Vermont

    Saddiq Bey — Villanova

    Jaden McDaniels — Washington

    CJ Elleby — Washington State

    Naji Marshall — Xavier



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.