DURHAM, N.C. – Duke sophomore Marques Bolden is one of 20 candidates on the preseason list for the 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, an honor presented annually to the top center in the nation by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Bolden, a 6-11, 246-pound sophomore from DeSoto, Texas, battled through injuries a season ago to play in 24 games as the Blue Devils went 28-9 and captured the ACC Tournament championship.

Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its fourth year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates which includes Bolden, Dusan Ristic (Arizona), Austin Wiley (Auburn), Kingsley Okoroh (California), Tacko Fall (Central Florida), John Egnunu (Florida), Jessie Govan (Georgetown), Ben Lammers (Georgia Tech), Nick Richards (Kentucky), Omer Yurtseven (N.C. State), Isaac Haas (Purdue), Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s), Angel Delgado (Seton Hall), Michael Humphrey (Stanford), Vladimir Brodziansky (TCU), Mohamed Bamba (Texas), Tyler Davis (Texas A&M), Thomas Welsh (UCLA), Chimezie Metu (USC) and Ethan Happ (Wisconsin).

“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s talent and accolades are unparalleled when it comes to centers in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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