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Isaiah Jackson on 2021 Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List

Photo: Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Photo: Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Watch list season continues with yet another UK freshman landing a spot on a preseason positional award list.

This time it is Isaiah Jackson among the top 20 players in early consideration for the 2021 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward. A five-star prospect ranked No. 30 overall in the Class of 2020 incoming freshman class, Jackson has been one of the early surprises in UK’s preseason practices.

Isaiah Jackson emerging as standout freshman for Kentucky

Keion Brooks, Kentucky’s only experienced player from a year ago, did not make the list despite being projected to start over Jackson at power forward.

The entire 2021 Karl Malone Watch List is as follows:

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

Jackson joins BJ Boston and Terrence Clarke as the three Kentucky freshmen to receive national recognition so far this fall.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

2 Comments for Isaiah Jackson on 2021 Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List



  1. 2Dogs
    4:17 pm November 5, 2020 Permalink

    The term power forward doesn’t leap to mind when I see his frame.



    • Bluehender
      4:23 pm November 5, 2020 Permalink

      True that. I don’t see much in the way of Karl Malone there. But I’m pulling for him..