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WVU’s Oscar Tshiebwe Named to Karl Malone Award Watchlist

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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.

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:

Mark Vital Baylor
Aamir Simms Clemson
Matthew Hurt Duke
Drew Timme Gonzaga
Trayce Jackson-Davis Indiana
Isaiah Jackson Kentucky
Trendon Watford LSU
Tre Mitchell Massachusetts
Garrison Brooks North Carolina
Seth Towns Ohio State
Brady Manek Oklahoma
Hasahn French Saint Louis
Sandro Mamukelashvili Seton Hall
Oscar da Silva Stanford
John Fulkerson Tennessee
Greg Brown Texas
Kevin Marfo Texas A&M
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl Villanova
Oscar Tshiebwe West Virginia
Nate Reuvers Wisconsin
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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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