Three Big Ten players made the 20-player watch list for the 2017 Julius Erving Award, which is awarded annually to the top small forward in the country. Indiana’s OG Anunoby, Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate and Purdue’s Vince Edwards were included on the list that was released Wednesday.
Anunoby averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds last season. Tate averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Buckeyes. Edwards averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
“Julius Erving is unquestionably one of the most respected and gifted athletes to ever play the game of basketball,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a release. “Before he was the professional super star known as Dr. J, he was an outstanding small forward at UMass. The young men on this watch list have shown glimpses of Mr. Erving’s skillset and we look forward to watching them develop this season.”
The watch list will be narrowed down to 10 players by mid-February. Five finalists will be presented to Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March. The winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 7, 2017, according to the release. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.