SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Tennessee senior Admiral Schofield is one of five players who has been named a 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award finalist, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.
Named after Hall of Famer and former UMass standout Julius Erving, the annual honor now in its fifth year recognizes the top small forward in Division I basketball. Previous winners include Mikal Bridges of Villanova (2018), Josh Hart of Villanova (2017), Denzel Valentine of Michigan State (2016) and Stanley Johnson of Arizona (2015).
Schofield has been a major contributor to the Vols’ success this season. He is averaging 16.4 points per game, which ranks second on the team and fifth in the SEC, to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He also ranks fifth in the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting a 48-percent clip for the year.
The Zion, Ill., native leads the team in shooting from beyond the arc with 56 3-pointers one the year. While being a high-volume shooter, he has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 17 games this season, including 11 times during SEC play.
The senior recorded key performances for Tennessee in wins over No. 1 Gonzaga, in which he scored 30 points and made six three-pointers. Schofield followed up that performance with a 29-point game at Memphis.
For his effort against the Bulldogs and the Tigers, Schofield was named the 2018 Jerry Colangelo Classic Most Valuable Player. He was also named SEC Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks (Dec. 10 and Dec. 17) and the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week on Dec. 11.
Schofield is the only SEC player included amongst the finalists. The winner of the award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show live from The Novo by Microsoft in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, April 12.
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2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates
Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
Marial Shayok, Iowa St.
Caleb Martin, Nevada
Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia