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Chet Holmgren named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watchlist

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The nation’s top freshman is a fitting person for the list.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs uber freshman Chet Holmgren is on the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watchlist. He joins fellow teammates Drew Timme, Hunter Sallis, and Andrew Nembhard in nominations for the positional awards.

Holmgren enters Gonzaga as the top prospect in the Class of 2021 and the first No. 1 prospect in school history. He is bouncing around as a top pick or very near the top for the 2022 NBA Draft. The 7’0 unicorn human being will be a key piece of Gonzaga’s run in March.

Holmgren averaged 21 points and 12.3 rebounds per game his senior season. He was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year, among many other national awards he received last season. Paired with Drew Timme, he gives the Zags essentially an unguardable frontcourt that is largely expected to be one of the best in the nation.

Here are the rest of the nominees:

  • Walker Kessler, Auburn
  • Nick Muszyinski, Belmont
  • Mark Williams, Duke
  • Colin Castleton, Florida
  • Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
  • Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
  • David McCormack, Kansas
  • Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
  • Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb
  • Qudus Wahab, Maryland
  • Jalen Duren, Memphis
  • Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
  • Armando Bacot, North Carolina
  • Moussa Cisse, Oklahoma State
  • Nate Watson, Providence
  • Zach Edey, Purdue
  • Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure
  • Myles Johnson, UCLA
  • Fardaws Aimaq, Utah Valley
  • Liam Robbins, Vanderbilt