Kansas State senior Dean Wade and Kansas junior transfer Dedric Lawson are two of 20 candidates for the 2019 Karl Malone power forward of the year award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
Wade, 6-foot-10 from St. John, Kan., is the coaches’ Big 12 preseason player of the year. Lawson, 6-9 from Memphis, was chosen Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year.
Wade averaged 16.2 points on 55 percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds a game his junior season. Lawson averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game his sophomore season at Memphis, then transferred to KU where he practiced but did not play in games last season.
The winner of the Malone Award will be revealed on April 12 in Los Angeles.
West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate also is on the watch list as well as BYU’s Yoeli Childs, Duke’s Zion Williamson, Indiana’s Juwan Morgan, Kentucky’s Reid Travis and P.J. Washington, Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy, Nevada’s Jordan Brown, North Carolina’s Luke Maye, Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald, South Carolina’s Chris Silva, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum, Tennessee’s Grant Williams, UNC Wilmington’s Devontae Cacok, Southern California’s Bennie Boatwright, Vanderbilt’s Simisola Shittu, Villanova’s Eric Paschall and Washington’s Noah Dickerson.