The watch list for the Jerry West Award was released on Tuesday. The award is given annually to the nation’s best shooting guard and was won by Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield last season.
The complete list is as follows:
Arizona’s Allonzo Trier, Arkansas’ Dusty Hannahs, BYU’s Nick Emery, Cincinnati’s Jacob Evans, Dayton’s Charles Cooke, Duke’s Grayson Allen, Gonzaga’s Jordan Matthews, Illinois’ Malcolm Hill, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., Iowa’s Peter Jok, Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham, Kentucky’s Malik Monk, LSU’s Antonio Blakeney, Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell, Michigan State’s Eron Harris, New Mexico’s Elijah Brown, Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey, Rhode Island’s E.C. Matthews, SMU’s Shake Milton and UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton.
There are a few rather surprising names missing from the list. That said, it isn’t shocking that a subjective list comes to fruition in an imperfect form.
Creighton’s Marcus Foster is a noticeable omission from the list. The junior guard is slated to play his first season with the Blue Jays after playing the first two years of his collegiate career at Kansas State. The Wichita Falls, Texas native averaged 12.5 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Wildcats during the 2014-15 season before deciding to transfer.
The Jerry West Award was created along during the 2014-15 season to be a part of the annual College Basketball Awards show. The Julius Erving Award (nation’s best small forward) Karl Malone Award (power forward) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (center) were created at the same time.
The Bob Cousy Award, which goes to America’s top point guard, was created in 2004. Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell took home the first West Award in 2015.