Markis McDuffie named to Erving Award Watch List

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Wichita State sophomore Markis McDuffie is one of 20 watch list members for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

McDuffie enjoyed a strong freshman season, averaging 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 2015-16 on his way to Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year honors. He was also voted to the league’s All-Newcomer and All-Bench teams.

Now in its third year, the award recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determines the initial list of 20 candidates.

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.  The winner of the 2017 Julius Erving Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 7, 2017. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.

The award is named in honor of 11-time NBA All-Star and three-time MVC, Julius Erving. The former University of Massachusetts standout is one of only six NCAA men’s basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game.