Gonzaga redshirt freshman Zach Norvell Jr. has been named one of 20 candidates for the Julius Erving Award, presented annually to college basketball’s top small forward.
Norvell, slowed by a knee injury, played in GU’s exhibition win over West Georgia last season. He made three 3-pointers and scored 18 points.
Norvell is the only WCC player on the watch list. The Pac-12 is represented by UCLA’s Kris Wilkes, Oregon’s Tony Brown Jr. and Arizona’s Rawle Alkins. Montana State’s Tyler Hall represents the Big Sky.
Gonzaga will face at least one player on the watch list (Villanova’s Mikal Bridges) and possibly two others (Duke’s Gary Trent Jr., and Butler’s Kelan Martin) at the PK80 Invitational in Portland.
The award is named after Erving, a Hall of Famer who was named to the NBA’s 50th anniversary all-time team.
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