PJ Washington has been on a tear recently, and as a result, is one of ten players on the midseason watch list for the Karl Malone Award, given annually to the nation’s best power forward.
Over the last five games, Washington is averaging 20.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals. He’s shooting 48.7 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from long range, making eight 3s. He’s also hitting 76.9 percent from the free throw line on an average of 5.2 trips a game. Prior to the South Carolina game, he had double doubles in three straight games, the first Kentucky player to do so since Julius Randle back in 2013-2014.
The complete list of Karl Malone Award candidates:
|Luke Maye||North Carolina|
|Mike Daum||South Dakota State|
PJ could be the first Kentucky player to win the Karl Malone Award, which was created in 2015. Past winners include Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018); Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017); Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016); and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).
The five finalists will be revealed in March and the winner will be announced during the annual ESPN College Basketball Awards show on April 12.