Forward Jarace Walker named to Karl Malone Award watchlist

HOUSTON — Preparing for his college debut, the University of Houston freshman forward Jarace Walker earned a spot on the Karl Malone Prize Watch List, released Thursday.

The New Freedom, Pennsylvania native was just one of three freshmen to make the watchlist, joining Duke’s Kyle Filipowski and South Carolina’s GG Jackson.

Walker and his Cougar teammates open the season against Northern Colorado at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 inside Fertitta Center. This will be the first of 18 regular season home games.

Now in its ninth year, the Karl Malone Award recognizes the top power forward in NCAA Division I basketball each season. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the preseason watch list of 20 candidates.

Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of three rounds, beginning Friday, October 28.

At the end of January, the watch list of 20 players for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year 2023 award will be reduced to 10, then at the end of February to just five. In March, the five finalists will be presented to Malone and the Hall of Fame Selection Committee where a winner will be selected.

The winner of the 2023 Karl Malone Prize will be presented on a date to be determined, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five.

For more information on the 2023 Karl Malone Award and the latest updates, fans can visit and follow @hoophall and #MaloneAward on Twitter and instagram.


This is the last preseason accolade for Walker. Earlier this month, he was named American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year.

He was a unanimous 5-Star rookie and 2022 McDonald’s All-American before signing with the Cougars. Walker was ranked 10th player nationally in the ESPN100 and was ranked 1st power forward nationally by ESPN and 247Sports.

He was a member of Team USA Nike Hoop Summit, which defeated Team World Select and was named to Naismith National High School’s All-America Second Team.

As a senior during the 2021-22 season, Walker averaged 16.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game to lead his IMG Academy team to a 20-4 record.

He became the fifth McDonald’s All-American to play with Houston, joining Quentin Grimes (2017-18), Devonta Pollard (2011-12), Alton Ford (1999-00) and Rickie Winslow (1982-83).


Player School
Jarace Walker Houston
Enrique Freeman Akron
Azuolas Tubelis Arizona
John Broome Auburn
Arthur Kaluma Creighton
Da Ron Holmes II Dayton
Kyle Filipowski duke
Jalen Slawson Furman
Drew Timme Gonzaga
Trayce Jackson Davis Indiana
Kris Murray Iowa
KJ Williams USL
Donta Scott Maryland
DeAndre Williams Memphis
Norchad Omier Miami (Florida)
Pete Nance North Carolina
GG Jackson Caroline from the south
Jayden Gardner Virginia
Justyn Mutts Virginia Tech
graham ike Wyoming


Walker was the last Cougar to be honored during the preseason. senior guard Marcus Sasser was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List, presented annually to the top shooting guard in the nation, and was a preseason All-American by numerous media organizations.

The Dallas native was also named American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year and earned a spot on the league’s first team.

Junior point guard Jamal Shead was named to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference Second Team.


Under three-time American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Kelvin Samson, the Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the AP preseason poll. It’s the Cougars’ highest ranking in a preseason poll since 1983-84.

Three starters and seven men of letters return from 2021-22 Cougars squad, which posted 32-6 overall record, qualified for NCAA Elite Eight tournament, swept regular season titles and the American Athletic Conference Tournament and finished in the nation’s Top 10 for the second straight season.

The Cougars have posted seven straight 20-win seasons, including a pair of 30-win campaigns, and have appeared in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments to tie a school record.


Fans can now purchase single-game tickets for all 18 Cougars regular-season home games at Fertitta Center. Stocks are limited and fans are encouraged to purchase shortly before they run out.

To purchase tickets for a game, fans can call the Sports Box Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) during regular business hours or Click here at any time.

For the third straight season, the Cougars sold out their season tickets for home games at Fertitta Center.

Fans who were unable to purchase season tickets in 2022-23 are invited to join the team’s 2023-24 waitlist as the Cougars prepare to compete in the Big 12 Conference. join the 2023-24 season ticket waiting list, fans can Click here.


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