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Iggy Brazdeikis named finalist for Karl Malone Award

The honor goes to the nation’s top power forward.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Ignas Brazdeikis is one of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s top power forward by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Canadian freshman is joined by the likes of Duke’s Zion Williamson, as well Big Ten peer Jordan Murphy of Minnesota.

The former five-star continues his recent run on the awards circuit. He was recently named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, and has earned four Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

He leads the team with 15.5 points per game, and has reached double-digits in 20 of his 23 starts. He shoots 46.9 percent from the field, and nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.

The award selection committee will announce five finalists in March. The winner will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles on April 12.