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Zach Norvell Jr. named to Jerry West Award watch list

The Jerry West Award goes to the top shooting guard in college.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs sophomore guard Zach Norvell is one of 20 candidates for the 2019 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

The award is named after Jerry West, and, for the past five years, has honored the top two guard in the country. In mid-February, the watch list will be narrowed to 10 candidates. Eventually, one of five finalists will be awarded the trophy during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show, on April 12.

Norvell was named the WCC Newcomer of the Year last season, averaging 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He appeared in every game for the Zags last season, starting in 29. The sophomore guard blew up during the NCAA Tournament, posting his first double-double of college against Ohio State in the second round, scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Alongside Josh Perkins (who was nominated for the point guard of the year award yesterday), Norvell will be relied upon for a bulk of the scoring to come from the backcourt for the Zags, who will presumably enter the season as a top-5 ranked team with high aspirations come March.