COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kaleb Wesson, a junior on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, is among 20 preseason candidates for the Karl Malone Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
The award recognizes the top power forward in men’s college basketball. Wesson, who will play the center position for the Buckeyes, could be a candidate for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award later in the season. That award is for the top center.
Wesson has started 61 of 65 games played for the Buckeyes of the last two seasons. He is on track to become Ohio State’s 59th 1,000-point scorer this season. He has a 806 points for his career (12.4 ppg.). As a sophomore he averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds to pace the Buckeyes.
A player’s candidacy is fluid throughout the season. Players have the ability to play themselves on or off the various lists until the final five finalists are announced.
Lists will be narrowed to 10 in mid-February and to five in March.
Award winners will be presented at the sixth annual ESPN College Basketball Awards Show live from Los Angeles, California, April 10.
Ohio State plays an exhibition game vs. Cedarville at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Value City Arena. That game will be available on BTN+.