After a long season of college hoops, we saw the cream rise to the top.
Award season is drawing near as conferences are in the midst of the tournaments and the business of crowing a champion is underway.
Let’s take a moment to look at the finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award:
- Bryce Alford, UCLA
- James Blackmon, Jr., Indiana
- Jacob Evans, Cincinnati
- Marcus Foster, Creighton
- Devonte Graham, Kansas
- Peter Jok, Iowa
- Luke Kennard, Duke
- Jordan Mathews, Gonzaga
- Malik Monk, Kentucky
- Steve Vasturia, Notre Dame
It’s an outstanding list of players, headlined by Duke’s Luke Kennard and Kentucky’s Malik Monk.
For Kennard, it is the third time his name is mentioned in a list of awards finalists. He was previously mentioned amongst the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. The Jerry West award likely provides him with the best opportunity to take home the prize. He has had a truly impressive year for the Blue Devils who have at times been undermanned and without their legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Monk is also a finalist on the John R. Wooden award list and presents Kennards biggest competition.
How these two players finish down the stretch will ultimately decide who wins this individual honor. Of course, they’d both tell you that’d trade any individual accolade to cut down the nets at the end of the madness.
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