COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior forward Justice Sueing was named to the 2022 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Watch List on Wednesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The annual honor, now in its eighth year, recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
Sueing is in his third season at Ohio State and is coming off a very good first season on the court as a Buckeye. The Honolulu, Hawaii native was one of two players to start all 31 games and averaged 10.7 points 5.5 rebounds. He played two seasons at Cal before transferring to Ohio State where he scored 886 points over and led the Bears in scoring as a sophomore in 2018-19 at 14.3 ppg. Sueing, who was selected as one of the team’s four captains for this season, enters this year with 1,219 career points and 99 career three-pointers.
Off the court, the 2021 Academic All-Big Ten honoree is majoring in psychology.
In late January, the watch list will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February, the five finalists will be announced. In March, the five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected.
Sueing and the Buckeyes are looking for their fifth-consecutive season of 20 or more wins. They will host Indianapolis in an exhibition game on Nov. 1 and then will open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 9 vs. Akron.
2022 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Watch List
|Marcus Bagley||Arizona St.|
|Matthew Cleveland||Florida State|
|Justice Sueing||Ohio State|
|Ron Harper Jr.||Rutgers|
|Julian Champagnie||St. John’s|
|Kevin Obanor||Texas Tech|
|Patrick Baldwin Jr.||UW-Milwaukee|