Another Wisconsin basketball player has been named to a watch list for a season award.
Wisconsin basketball forward Nate Reuvers has been named to the Karl Malone Award Watch List. The Karl Malone Award goes to the country’s top power forward.
In the 2019-2020 season, Reuvers averaged 26.3 minutes per game and 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, and 0.5 steals per game. These were all career-highs for the forward. Reuvers will be entering his final season with Wisconsin this year.
Wisconsin basketball has veterans in every position. Trice and Davison will anchor the team’s backcourt. Reuvers will be joined by Ford and Potter in the frontcourt. They also have senior guard Trevor Anderson and sophomore forward Tyler Wahl coming off the bench. This team’s scoring is usually pretty evenly distributed. Any player could be the primary scoring any given night. That will make double-teaming a guy like Reuvers hard to do. If you double-team him, someone else will make the defense pay. That alone will make Reuvers even more dangerous. Don’t be surprised if he steps up and becomes one of the primary scorers on this Wisconsin basketball team.
The Karl Malone Award Watch List includes nineteen other players in the country. Reuvers is joined by two other Big Ten players on the watch list. Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Ohio State’s Seth Towns also make an appearance.
This award was created before the start of the 2014-2015 season. Last year’s winner was sophomore Obi Toppin, from Dayton.
Before him was Zion Williamson (Duke), Deandre Ayton (Arizona), Jonathan Motley (Baylor), Georges Niang (Iowa State), and Montrez Harrell (Louisville).
Reuvers now joins point guard Dimitrik Trice as Wisconsin basketball players named to an award watch list. Trice was named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List, an award that recognizes the best point guard in the country.
With a team this talented, it wouldn’t surprise me to see another Badger named to a watch list. I think it will be hard for any of them to actually win it since this is such a selfless team and no one player puts up staggering numbers. But as long as this team stacks the wins, I’m sure they couldn’t care less about individual awards.