When it comes to UCLA Basketball, you can almost always expect to see players recognized for their achievements across the board. This time, Tony Parker is the one in the spotlight.
This morning, the 20 contenders for the 2015-16 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award were announced. The award recognizes the most exemplary power forwards in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.UCLA is proud to see Parker on that list.
Parker, returning this year as a senior, has already left a mark on UCLA Basketball. He averaged 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds last season with the Bruins. He played in all but 2 games and started 33 times.
Over the course of his UCLA career, he has played in 104 games and has scored 726 career points and earned 432 rebounds. As a 6-foot-9 forward for the Bruins, Parker has also blocked 63 shots over the course of the years, helping the Bruins in every way he could.
As the season approaches, a lot is expected of Parker this year. Returning as one of the oldest members on the team, he will have to pick up some more responsibility on and off the court. With all the practice the guys have been doing over summer, everyone is excited to see their debut back in Pauley Pavilion on October 30.
If he keeps up the good work, in mid-February of 2016, we could see his name appear again on the list of prospects for the Karl Malone award, except only alongside 9 other players. After being reviewed by Malone himself and the Hall of Fame selection committee, a winner will be chosen and presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on April 8, 2016.
How cool would it be if Tony could finish off his senior year with that honor?