Two B1G forwards named finalists for Julius Erving Award
Two B1G small forwards are among five finalists for the Julius Erving Award.
The finalists, which were announced on Wednesday afternoon, included Michigan’s Isaiah Livers and Rutgers’ Ron Harper Jr. The other three candidates for the award are Corey Kispert (Gonzaga), Sam Hauser (Virginia) and Terrence Shannon Jr. (Texas Tech).
“Congratulations to the five student-athletes considered as finalists for the Erving Award during a season that has been a tremendous challenge for all,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame John Doleva said in a statement. “These young men have undoubtedly exhibited their abilities to takeover games similar to the play of Dr. J, and we’re pleased to acknowledge them while honoring Hall of Famer Julius Erving.”
Ron Harper Jr
Terrence Shannon Jr
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Livers has had a strong season on a Michigan team that sits atop the B1G standings with an 11-1 record in conference play and is ranked No. 3 nationally, sitting at 16-1 overall. He’s averaging 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 47.7% from the floor.
Harper is the leading scorer at Rutgers this year, averaging 15.5 points per game. He’s also the second-best rebounds with 5.9 boards per contest. The Scarlet Knights are 12-9 on the year with an 8-9 record in conference games.