SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Eastern Kentucky University junior Nick Mayo was one of 20 players named to the 2018 Karl Malone Award Watch List on Thursday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced. The award is given annually to the top power forward in Division I men's college basketball.
Mayo is the only Ohio Valley Conference player and one of only five mid-major players on the list.
He is surrounded by high-profile names such as Marvin Bagley III (Duke), Wendell Carter, Jr. (Duke), PJ Washington (Kentucky) and Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame).
Mayo was voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year in 2016-17 after finishing the regular season ranked among the OVC's leaders in scoring (fifth / 18.5 points-per-game), rebounding (12th / 6.5 rebounds-per-game), assists (15th / 2.8 assists-per-game), blocks (third / 1.4 blocks-per-game), field goal percentage (12th / 50.4%), three-point field goal percentage (12th / 39.0%) and free throw percentage (14th / 77.4%).
The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine is on pace to be EKU's all-time leading scorer after he became the first Colonel ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore.
The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook tabbed Mayo the Preseason OVC Player of the Year in late September.
A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the 20 candidates for the Karl Malone Award Watch List.