QUEENS, N.Y. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today has picked St. John’s junior wing Julian Champagnie as one of the 10 candidates named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, presented annually to the top small forward in the nation.
The Brooklyn native and former Bishop Loughlin High School player ranks second in the BIG EAST with 18.3 points per game. Champagnie has recorded 20 or more points eight times with a pair of 30-point performances, pouring in 32 at Indiana before posting a career-high 34 points in the Red Storm’s win over DePaul to open conference play.
Not just a gifted scorer, however, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Champagnie also leads St, John’s with 6.7 rebounds per contest and ranks second in the league behind teammate Posh Alexander with an average of 1.9 steals.
College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in fan voting in each of the three rounds. In late February, the watch list of 10 players for the 2022 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award will be shrunk to five. In March, those finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee at which point a winner will be determined.
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— Jerry Del Priore