SPRINGFIELD, MASS – A day after being named the Horizon League’s Preseason Player of the Year, Wright State redshirt senior Loudon Love has been named to the watch list for the 2021 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. The award annually honors the top center in men’s college basketball, with the 20-player watch list announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Raider fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds, which goes live beginning today, November 6. In late January, the watch list of 20 players be narrowed down to just 10 and in late February, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award will be presented in April 2021.
The entire watch list for the 2021 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award can be seen here.
A two-time member of the Lou Henson All-America Team honoring the nation’s best mid-major players, Love was also named the Horizon League’s Player of the Year last March in addition to being a two-time All-Horizon first team selection and beginning his collegiate career as the League’s Freshman of the Year following the 2017-18 campaign.
Love finished the last year averaging just shy of a double-double for the season at 15.9 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per contest, with his 3.85 offensive rebounds per game average finishing 10th in the country. His 9.7 rebounds/game average was No. 38 nationally and his 261 total rebounds were the 86th-most in the country. Love recorded 21 double-digit scoring performances in 27 games played in 2019-20, including 17 such performances in Horizon League play. He tallied 11 double-doubles last season, eight of which came in League action.
Love begins the 2020-21 campaign with 881 total rebounds in three seasons, just 26 rebounds shy of becoming program’s all-time leading rebounder and surpassing Bill Edwards’ 907 total boards. Offensively, Love is one of 33 members of Wright State’s 1,000 Point Club, joining the list last season and beginning 2020-21 with 1,393 career points, the 15th-most in Raider history.
COURTESY WRIGHT STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS