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Rui Hachimura named to Julius Erving Award watch list

He is one of 10 players up for the award.

NCAA Basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Rui Hachimura is one of 10 players named to the Julius Erving Award late season watch list. The award goes out to the top small forward each year.

We will ignore the fact that Hachimura has hardly spent any time at the three spot this year and instead focus on what he has done well. Rui leads the Zags with 20.4 points per game and is second on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game. He is shooting 60.6 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent from three-point range. Hachimura is the major offensive focal point on a team full of options.

The awards showcase the limitations of assigning specific positions. Outside of something like a point guard, or perhaps a center, a lot of players in college basketball play fluid positions. Hachimura is a prime example of such a player. He by no means is a proto-typical forward, but if you are assigning position numbers to a starting lineup of Josh Perkins, Zach Norvell, Corey Kispert, and Brandon Clarke, Rui is not landing that three.

Here are the other nine players on the watch list:

  • Dylan Windler, Belmont
  • Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
  • Marial Shayok, Iowa St.
  • Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
  • Charles Matthews, Michigan
  • Caleb Martin, Nevada
  • Tres Tinkle, Oregon St.
  • KZ Okpala, Stanford
  • Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
  • De’Andre Hunter, Virginia