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WVU’s Edwards Named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List



WVU Basketball C Jesse Edwards

WVU big man Jesse Edwards was named to the 2024 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list on Friday afternoon, per release. Edwards is preparing for his first season with the Mountaineers and his final year of college basketball.

Here’s the full preseason watch list:

Oumar BalloArizonaN’Faly DanteOregon
Johni BroomeAuburnZach EdeyPurdue
Ryan KalkbrennerCreightonClifford OmoruyiRutgers
Kel’el WareIndianaJoel SorianoSt. John’s
Hunter DickinsonKansasAday MaraUCLA
Aaron BradshawKentuckyDonovan ClinganUConn
Jordan BrownMemphisJosh CohenUMass
Dawson GarciaMinnesotaBranden CarlsonUtah
Armando BacotNorth CarolinaEric DixonVillanova
Jamarion SharpOle MissJesse EdwardsWest Virginia

Edwards was also recently named to the Preseason Big 12 Honorable Mention list. Edwards was the only Mountaineer to receive such honors.

Edwards (6-foot-11) is the centerpiece of West Virginia’s transfer portal haul this offseason, coming in as a top-five transfer recruit. Edwards averaged 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks on 59 percent shooting from the field during his senior year at Syracuse. Edwards was named to the All-ACC Third Team this past season. Edwards has started for the Orange in the past two years. Edwards played seven minutes against West Virginia in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Edwards has one year of eligibility remaining.

Edwards averaged 18 points and eight rebounds throughout a three-game FIBA Pre-Qualifying group stage for The Netherlands.

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