How good has PJ Washington been lately? The sophomore is one of 30 players on the midseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy, given annually to the national player of the year.
PJ leads Kentucky in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (8.1 rebounds per game), and has scored 20 or more points in six of the last seven games. During that stretch, he’s had three double-doubles and is shooting 52.0 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.
Washington is one of only three players from the SEC on the list along with Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams.He’s also one of 10 midseason finalists for the Karl Malone Award, which honors the nation’s best power forward.
Here’s the complete list of candidates:
|Nickeil Alexander-Walker||So.||G||Virginia Tech||ACC|
|Phil Booth||Sr.||G||Villanova||BIG EAST|
|Ignas Brazdeikis||Fr.||F||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Jordan Caroline||Sr.||G/F||Nevada||Mountain West|
|Chris Clemons||Sr.||G||Campbell||Big South|
|Jarrett Culver||So.||G||Texas Tech||Big 12|
|Mike Daum||Sr.||F||South Dakota State||Summit League|
|Carsen Edwards||Jr.||G||Purdue||Big Ten|
|Ethan Happ||Sr.||F||Wisconsin||Big Ten|
|Markus Howard||Jr.||G||Marquette||BIG EAST|
|Cameron Johnson||Sr.||G||North Carolina||ACC|
|Dedric Lawson||Jr.||F||Kansas||Big 12|
|Caleb Martin||Sr.||F||Nevada||Mountain West|
|Luke Maye||Sr.||F||North Carolina||ACC|
|Ja Morant||G||So.||Murray State||OVC|
|Eric Paschall||Sr.||F||Villanova||BIG EAST|
|Shamorie Ponds||Jr.||G||St. John’s||BIG EAST|
|Marial Shayok||Sr.||G||Iowa State||Big 12|
|Cassius Winston||Jr.||G||Michigan State||Big Ten|
The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists on March 4. The four finalists will be announced on March 19 and the trophy will be awarded during the Final Four.