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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue sophomore center Zach Edey was among 20 collegiate shooting guards named to the 2022 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday.

The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award is given annually to the nation's top center. Last season, Iowa's Luka Garza was the recipient. 

“Rounding out the Men’s Starting Five watch list is the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame John L. Doleva said in a release. “Mr. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most accomplished and decorated athletes of all time, so it is truly fitting to have his name associated with such a prestigious award. As a strong advocate for education and character, he brings a significant and meaningful perspective when evaluating talent and we truly cherish his involvement.”

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Throughout the season, any center in the nation may join the watch list through their play on the court. The student-athletes may also play their way off the list, too. 

2022 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Candidates

  • Walker Kessler, Auburn
  • Nick Muszynski, 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
  • JADEN IVEY NAMED TO JERRY WEST AWARD WATCH LIST: Boilermaker guard Jaden Ivey was listed among 20 shooting guards for the 2022 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year. Former Purdue guard Carsen Edwards was the 2018 recipient of the award. CLICK HERE 
  • PURDUE BASKETBALL RANKED NO. 7 IN AP POLL: Purdue basketball is ranked among the top-10 programs in the nation in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll for the second time during Matt Painters tenure. The Boilermakers will enter the season at No. 7, which ranks second among conference programs. CLICK HERE
  • PURDUE EXCITED FOR FANS ACROSS THE BIG TEN: Purdue will play 20 games against Big Ten opponents during the 2021-22 college basketball season. The team is excited to hear fans back inside Mackey Arena and other venues across the conference. CLICK HERE
  • MICAH SHREWSBERRY LOOKS FORWARD TO MATCHUP WITH PURDUE: Penn State coach Micah Shrewsberry was back home in Indianapolis on Friday during the 2021 Big Ten Basketball Media Days. The former Purdue associate head coach will lead the Nittany Lions against the Boilermakers on Jan. 8. CLICK HERE
  • WHAT MATT PAINTER SAID DURING BIG TEN BASKETBALL MEDIA DAYS: Purdue coach Matt Painter answered questions during the 2021 Big Ten Basketball Media Days on Friday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Here's everything he had to say before one-on-one interviews. CLICK HERE
  • SACRIFICES WILL HAVE TO BE MADE FOR PURDUE'S SUCCESS: Purdue basketball's 2020-21 season ended abruptly in a first-round loss to North Texas in the NCAA Tournament. The program returns several of its players from a year ago, and coach Matt Painter will have to manage a talented roster throughout the season. CLICK HERE
  • PURDUE 2021-22 TIPOFF TIMES ANNOUNCED: The Big Ten Conference released several tipoff times and television designations ahead of Purdue's 2021-22 basketball season. Here is the complete Purdue Boilermakers basketball schedule. CLICK HERE

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