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Zion Williamson Named Finalist for Karl Malone Award

Zion Williamson | Photo by Chris Summerville

Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson has been named a finalist for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Williamson is second in the ACC in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game, while leading the conference in field goal percentage (.683) and steals (2.2). On pace to set both the ACC and Duke freshman records for field goal percentage, Williamson’s .683 marks ranks second in the NCAA.

The Spartanburg, S.C., native is third in the conference rebounds (8.8) and tied for fifth in blocks (1.8). He is the nation’s only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting .650+ from the field. Earlier this season, the 6-foot-7 freshman set the Duke freshman single-game scoring record with 35 points against Syracuse. He has scored 25+ points 12 times this season, which ties him for the ACC lead with teammate RJ Barrett.

The winner of the 2019 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award.

“While these five finalists can certainly fill up the stat sheet, I’m interested in seeing who can also deliver the intangibles for their team this postseason,” said Karl Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2010. “I really enjoy the process of selecting our award winner and look forward to watching these guys compete for a championship.”

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

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