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Four Big 12 Players Named to Karl Malone Award Watch List

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia

Four Big 12 players were named to the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award watch list, announced on Thursday.

Baylor’s Mark Vital, Oklahoma’s Brady Manek, Texas’ Greg Brown and West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe are all on the watch list for the award, given to the nation’s best power forward at the end of the season.

The winner of the award will be announced on April 9, 2021.

Vital, 6-foot-5, was an All-Big 12 Third-Team member and a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection last season. He was also a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalist after he averaged 6.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals last year.


Manek, 6-foot-9, enters his finals season with OU after leading the Sooners in scoring last season at 14.4 points per game. He also snagged 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He also shot nearly 40 percent from the 3-pont line, and his performance led to All-Big 12 Third-Team selection.

Brown, 6-foot-9, is a freshman who enters the Texas program as the No. 9 player in the national 2020 recruiting class. A high school all-America selection last year, he averaged 26.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game for Austin Vandergrift High School in Austin, Texas, which went 33-3.

Tshiebwe, 6-foot-9, is coming off a 2019-20 season in which he earned All-Big 12 Second Team, All-Big 12 Freshman Team and All-Big 12 Newcomer Team honors. He led the Mountaineers with 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and was one of the most consistent players in the Big 12 last season.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Obi Toppin, Dayton (2020), Zion Williamson, Duke (2019), Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates

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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