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2021 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has cut the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award down to 10 candidates.

Derrick Alston Jr. (Boise State) – The redshirt senior is averaging 16.8 ppg. Alston Jr. scored a season-high 27 points against Sam Houston State. This is the second time Alston Jr. has been in the top 10 for the award.

Corey Kispert (Gonzaga) – Kispert is the leading scorer (20.6) for the top team in the country. Kispert had 32 points vs UVA. He’s scored in double-digits in 14 of the 15 games the Zags have played.

Isaiah Livers (Michigan) – Livers all-around floor game has helped lead the Wolverines to a 13-1 record. The senior is averaging 14.6 points (2nd on team), 6 rebounds (3rd on team) and 2.4 assists a game.

Aaron Henry (Michigan State) – Recently, Henry (junior) has had two of his best games of the season in wins over Nebraska (27 points) and Rutgers (20 points and 8 rebounds).

Ron Harper Jr. (Rutgers) – Harper Jr. has improved his numbers every season. He’s averaging career highs in points (18.6) and rebounds (6.5).

Matt Mitchell (San Diego State) – Mitchell has missed a couple of games due to injury but he made his return to the court against Air Force. Mitchell scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes.

Ziaire Williams (Stanford) – The freshman is averaging 12.5 points per game. He’s scored 16 points or more in six games this season.

Yves Pons (Tennessee) – Pons is saving the best for last. In his last two games, he’s scored 20 points against Missouri and 13 against Mississippi State.

Terrence Shannon Jr. (Texas Tech) – The sophomore averages 12.9 points per game. That’s second on the team (Mac McClung is first). Shannon Jr shoots 47% from the floor.

Sam Hauser (Virginia) – The Marquette transfer has fit in naturally with UVA. He’s scored in double-digits in all the games he’s played.

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