SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Creighton men’s basketball guard Marcus Foster is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its fourth year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10.
“Jerry West is widely respected as one of the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “It is no secret his work ethic and drive for excellence is what set him apart, and we know his continued role in the NBA as a talent evaluator will be extremely valuable as we take a deeper look at our candidates.”
West attended West Virginia University and averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons. He led his team to the NCAA Championship game in 1959 and was named a consensus All-American in 1959 and 1960. In the summer of 1960, he was co-captain of the U.S. men’s basketball team and won an Olympic gold medal. As a professional player, West played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers making the All-NBA First Team 10 times. West won an NBA championship in 1972 and was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1969, despite his team not winning the championship. In 1996, West was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and in 1979 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
A Wichita Falls, Texas, native, Foster leads Creighton with 19.9 points per game and 67 three-pointers made, while also contributing 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor, 44.1 percent from three-point range and 79.7 percent at the line. Foster was a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection this year and last year was a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST choice. He was also a finalist for the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s best shooting guard, a year ago. Foster ranks 32nd in school history with 1,096 points at Creighton and is closely in on 2,000 career points (currently 1,971). Foster ranks in the top-10 among the nation’s active players in points, field goals, three-pointers and double-figure scoring games. Just yesterday Foster was named one of 20 candidates for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for the 2018 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. The winner will be honored at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 6, 2018. Additional awards being presented include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award, the Karl Malone Power Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.
Previous winners of the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award include Malik Monk, Kentucky (2017), Buddy Hield, Oklahoma (2016) and D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State (2015). For more information on the Jerry West Award, visit www.HoophallAwards.com.
Foster and the Bluejays return to action on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. when it visits DePaul.