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Deandre Ayton Becomes Third UA B-ball Player Named to a Watch List

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With the Red-Blue game on Friday and a sellout crowd looking forward to packing McKale Center, yet another honor to an Arizona basketball player who's yet to play in a regular season game as a collegian.

Here's more from Arizona Athletics:

The anticipation for the 2017-18 Arizona Basketball season continues to grow on the national landscape as yet another Wildcat has earned a spot on a positional watch list by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Freshman Deandre Ayton is officially in the running for the Karl Malone Award after making their preseason list, continuing the accolades of UA guards Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkinsearlier in the week.

Ayton came to Tucson as the 23rd McDonald's All-American in Arizona history. He was the first ESPN No. 1 overall prospect in the nation to head to a Pac-12 school since 2007 at the time of his commitment after earning Naismith Trophy High School All-American honors. The 7-foot-1-inch forward scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic game. A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Ayton represented his home country in the 2014 Centrobasket competition.

Arizona kicks off its season with the annual McDonald's Red-Blue Game on Friday, Oct. 20 inside McKale Center.

2018 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates 

Deandre Ayton Arizona
Nana Foulland Bucknell
Gary Clark Jr. Cincinnati
Marvin Bagley III Duke
Wendell Carter Jr. Duke
Nick Mayo Eastern Kentucky
Yante Maten Georgia
Rokas Gustys Hofstra
PJ Washington Kentucky
Moritz Wagner Michigan
Jordan Murphy Minnesota
Alize Johnson Missouri St.
Bonzie Colson II Notre Dame
Mike Daum South Dakota St.
Reid Travis Stanford
Obi Enechionyia Temple
Dylan Osetkowski Texas
Robert Williams Texas A&M
Zach Smith Texas Tech
William Lee UAB
Bennie Boatwright USC

    *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*

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