Kyle Chilton | Posted: 17 Oct 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Childs named to Malone Award Watchlist, Fan vote starts Oct. 18

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Starting Five Fan Voting Presented by Dell Technologies to go Live on Friday, October 18

Vote for Childs by visiting www.hoophallawards.com.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second-straight season, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has named BYU forward Yoeli Childs to its preseason watch list for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

A three-year starter, Childs is BYU’s leading returning scorer and rebounder. The senior from South Jordan, Utah, averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds while posting 17 double-doubles in 2018-19. Childs was named to the All-WCC First Team and the NABC and USBWA all-district first teams. Entering the 2019-20 season, Childs’ name is scattered throughout the BYU career record book. He is currently 14th all-time in scoring (1,609 points), ninth in field goals made (626), fifth in rebounds (882) and fifth in blocks (142).

Last season, Childs was one of 10 semifinalists for the Karl Malone Award when the list was trimmed in early February 2019.

“The young men on the watch list for this, and other awards in the Starting Five, should be extremely proud and motivated heading into the upcoming season,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Karl Malone was an exemplary player who brought his best every game and we expect to see similar effort from these student athletes. It’s a joy to see the passion Mr. Malone has for selecting the athletes who win this esteemed annual award.”

Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Malone achieved great success during his 19 seasons in the NBA as a 14-time NBA All-Star (1988-98, 2000-02), 11-time All-NBA First Team player (1989-99) and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996).

New to the award this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2020 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2020, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five. 

Additional awards being presented and receiving support from Eaton Ephesus Lighting include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award, in addition to the Women’s Starting Five. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Zion Williamson, Duke (2019). Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015). 

For more information on the 2020 Karl Malone Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, October 18.

2020 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates*
Tristan Clark  Baylor
Yoeli Childs BYU
Lamine Diane CSUN
Obi Toppin Dayton 
Killian Tillie Gonzaga
EJ Montgomery  Kentucky 
Trendon Watford LSU
Jalen Smith  Maryland
Xavier Tilman Michigan State
Reggie Perry  Mississippi State
Garrison Brooks North Carolina 
John Mooney Notre Dame 
Kaleb Wesson Ohio State
Brady Manek  Oklahoma
Lamar Stevens Penn State
Trevion Williams Purdue
Isaiah Mobley  USC
Alexis Yetna USF
Mamadi Diakite Virginia
Tyrique Jones Xavier

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2019-20 season*

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.

Basketball Hall of Fame Media Contact
Nicole Taylor, Position Sports // mediarelations@positionsports.com

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