West Virginia men’s basketball big man Oscar Tshiebwe has been named to the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the year Award watchlist, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announced Thursday.
— WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) November 5, 2020
The award, named after hall of famer and two-time NBA MVP Karl Malone, is given to the nation’s top power forward in Division I basketball. 20 student-athletes were named to the watchlist. In January the list will be pruned down to 10 candidates and then down to five in February. The winner, as chosen by Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, will be announced on April 9, 2021.
Tshiebwe was the Mountaineers’ leading scorer and rebounder last season. The preseason All-Big 12 selection averaged 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds in 31 games as a true freshman. He was also recently named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team.
Other Big 12 players on the list include Baylor Mark Vital, Oklahoma’s Brady Manek and Texas’ Greg Brown. The full 20-member watch list is:
|Garrison Brooks||North Carolina|
|Seth Towns||Ohio State|
|Hasahn French||Saint Louis|
|Sandro Mamukelashvili||Seton Hall|
|Oscar da Silva||Stanford|
|Kevin Marfo||Texas A&M|
|Oscar Tshiebwe||West Virginia|