Mohamed Bamba can add the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award to his list of nominations for this season.
Texas’ talented freshman center is one of 10 finalists for the award, which honors the best center in the college basketball. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame picks the winner. The award is named after Abdul-Jabbar, arguably the greatest center in college basketball history and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and was established in 2015.
Bamba would be the first freshman to win the award. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky was the inaugural winner, followed by Utah’s Jakob Poeltl and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski.
In his first 23 college games, Bamba is averaging 13.2 points and a Big 12-leading 10.8 rebounds per game. He also leads the country in total blocks (95) and is second in blocks per game (4.1).
Bamba appeared on the midseason watch list for the Wooden Award, given to the best overall player in the nation. He’s also a Naismith Award finalist, another award that names the best player in the country.
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