Julius Erving Award finalists announced
On Wednesday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Award. Introduced in 2015, the Julius Erving Award is given to the nation’s top small forward.
Freshmen Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, the projected top two picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, headline the list along with Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine.
Here are the other eight finalists:
DeAndre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
Roosevelt Jones, Butler
Damion Lee, Louisville
Wayne Selden, Kansas
Arizona’s Stanley Johnson was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2015.