UT White's James Banks, left, celebrates with Jarrett Allen during the Texas Tip-Off at Gregory Gym on Thursday October 20, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Jarrett Allen named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list

Posted October 24th, 2016


If Jarrett Allen can develop a killer sky-hook, it may help Texas win some ball games. It may also make him a lock to win an award named after the sky-hook’s most famous user.


The highly -regarded, McDonald’s All-American incoming freshman from Round Rock was added to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List Friday, joining 19 other big men contending for the award that honors college basketball’s best center.


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Abdul-Jabbar, the hall of fame UCLA product who went onto score more points in the NBA than any other player in league history, will help personally select the winner of the award next March. The list also includes:

Moses Kingsley (Arkansas)

Eric Mika (BYU)

Justin Patton (Creighton)

Marques Bolden (Duke)

Zena Edosomwan (Harvard)

Thomas Bryant (Indiana)

Bam Adebayo (Kentucky)

Tim Kempton (Lehigh)

Omer Yurtseven (North Carolina State)

Chris Boucher (Oregon)

Isaac Haas (Purdue)

Paschal Chukwu (Syracuse)

Tyler Davis (Texas A&M)

Thomas Welsh (UCLA)

Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina)

Luke Kornet (Vanderbilt)

Mo Alie-Cox (VCU)

Josh Hawkinson (Washington State)

Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)

Indiana big man Thomas Bryant may be the favorite to win the award entering the season after deciding to return to the Hoosiers. Allen is joined on the list by a handful of freshmen, including another Texas product, Marques Bolden of Duke. Allen and Bolden were two of the last top 25 recruits of the 2016 class to commit this spring.

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