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Elijah Minnie named to Julius Erving Award watch list

Bill Beckner Jr.
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Elijah Minnie

Elijah Minnie was added to a national college basketball watch list on the eve of his final season at Eastern Michigan.

A redshirt senior from Monessen, Minnie is among 20 players up for the Julius Erving Award.

The fifth-year award, named after NBA great Dr. J, recognizes the best small forward in the Division I game. A national committee formed the preseason watch list.

The 6-foot-9 Minnie led the Eagles in scoring last season with 16.8 points per game, to go with 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 steals.

The committee can tweak the list throughout the season, adding or subtracting players as they see fit.

Previous winners include: Mikal Bridges of Villanova (2018), Josh Hart of Villanova (2017), Denzel Valentine of Michigan State (2016), and Stanley Johnson of Arizona (2015).

The other candidates are:

Dylan Windler, Belmont

Cam Reddish, Duke

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

Sam Hauser, Marquette

Aaron Wiggins, Maryland

Caleb Martin, Nevada

Nassir Little, North Carolina

Louis King, Oregon

Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Lamar Stevens, Penn State

O’Shea Brissett, Syracuse

Admiral Schofield, Tennessee

Jordon Varnado, Troy

Kris Wilkes, UCLA

De’Andre Hunter, Virginia

Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest

Matisse Thybulle, Washington

Robert Franks Jr., Washington State

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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