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Mark Williams Nominated For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

It’s a deep list this season

Duke Countdown To Craziness
DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 15: Mark Williams #15 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on during Countdown To Craziness at Cameron Indoor Stadium on October 15, 2021 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Another day, another nomination: yesterday Paolo Banchero was nominated for the Karl Malone award.


It’s Mark Williams, who has now been put on the watchlist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award.

The award, of course, is named for the former UCLA and Bucks/Lakers great who is on anyone’s shortlist for a quick Top Five all-time NBA players and, arguably, the greatest player to ever take the court in college basketball.

That’s a shortlist. Bill Russell is on it, maybe Pete Maravich and Christian Laettner. Jerry West? Oscar Robertson?

It’s a smaller list.

The only other ACC player on the list is UNC’s Armando Bacot although former Tar Heel Walker Kessler, now at Auburn, made it.

Here’s the entire list.

  • Walker Kessler — Auburn
  • Nick Muszyinski — Belmont
  • Mark Williams — Duke
  • Colin Castleton — Florida
  • Chet Holmgren — Gonzaga
  • Kofi Cockburn — Illinois
  • David McCormack — Kansas
  • Oscar Tshiebwe — Kentucky
  • Ahsan Asadullah — Lipscomb
  • Qudus Wahab — Maryland
  • Jalen Duren — Memphis
  • Hunter Dickinson — Michigan
  • Armando Bacot — North Carolina
  • Moussa Cisse — Oklahoma State
  • Nate Watson — Providence
  • Zach Edey — Purdue
  • Osun Osunniyi — St. Bonaventure
  • Myles Johnson — UCLA
  • Fardaws Aimaq — Utah Valley
  • Liam Robbins — Vanderbilt