Graham named Jerry West Award finalist


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Kansas junior Devonte’ Graham is one of 10 watch list finalists for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

Graham leads the third-ranked Kansas with 51 3-pointers made and his 2.4 treys per game rank fourth in the Big 12 this season. The Raleigh, North Carolina, native averages 13.6 points per contest and 15.3 ppg in Big 12 play. Graham has made multiple 3-pointers in 15 games this season including seven of his last eight contests.

Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top shooting guards in NCAA Division I men’s basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to 10.

In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The winner of the 2017 Jerry West Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Previous winners of the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award include Buddy Hield, Oklahoma (2016) and D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State (2015).

This is the second-straight day a Kansas player has been named a watch list finalist by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. KU senior Frank Mason III was listed on the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award announced Jan. 30.

2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award Finalists
Jacob Evans – Cincinnati
Marcus Foster – Creighton
Luke Kennard – Duke
Jordan Mathews – Gonzaga
James Blackmon Jr. – Indiana
Peter Jok – Iowa
Malik Monk – Kentucky
Steve Vasturia – Notre Dame
Bryce Alford – UCLA

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