Lute Olson Award Watch List announced

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On Monday, the Lute Olson Watch list was announced.

The Lute Olson Award is named after the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, who won 776 games Long Beach State, Iowa and Arizona. He took the Hawkeyes to a Final Four in 1980 and the Wildcats to four more, including a national championship title in 1997.

The annual honors goes to the best college basketball player who has played at least two seasons.

Jalen Adams,Connecticut

Grayson Allen, Duke

Joel Berry II, North Carolina

James Blackmon, Jr., Indiana

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

Chris Boucher, Oregon

Evan Bradds, Belmont

Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Thomas Bryant,Indiana

Antonio Campbell, Ohio

Jevon Carter, West Virginia

Troy Caupain, Cincinnati

Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington

Gary Clark, Cincinnati

T.J. Cline, Richmond

Charles Cooke, Dayton

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State

Marcus Evans, Rice

J.J. Frazier, Georgia

Jack Gibbs, Davidson

Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

Isaac Hamilton, UCLA

Josh Hart, Villanova

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Kris Jenkins, Villanova

Peter Jok, Iowa

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

William Lee, UAB

JeQuan Lewis, VCU

Tyler Lydon, Syracuse

Kelan Martin, Butler

Frank Mason III, Kansas

Yante Maten, Georgia

E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Johnathan Motley, Baylor

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Ivan Rabb, California

Justin Robinson, Monmouth

Edmond Sumner, Xavier

Alonzo Trier, Arizona

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tennessee

Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma

The Lute Olson Award, which began during the 2009-10 season, was won by Michigan State senior forward Denzel Valentine last season. Creighton’s Doug McDermott earned the honors twice.

The winner for the 2016-17 season will be announced on April 31. Here are the nominees.