Pete Nance named to Karl Malone Watch List

UNC basketball forward Pete Nance received some preseason honors on Thursday, being named as a candidate for the Karl Malone Award.

The award is given to the top power forward in the country at the end of the year and begins with 20 candidates. Nance is one of five ACC players on the list — Kyle Filipowski (Duke), Jayden Gardner (Virginia), Justyn Mutts (Virginia Tech) and Norchad Omier (Miami).

Nance, a transfer from Northwestern, becomes the third Tar Heel at the moment to be named to a preseason watch list, in addition to Caleb Love and Leaky Black.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Wildcats. Albeit different skill sets, Nance is expected to fill the void left by Brady Manek on last year’s roster.

2023 Karl Malone Award Candidates*

Enrique Freeman

Akron

Kris Murray

Iowa

Ąžuolas Tubelis

Arizona

KJ Williams

LSU

Johni Broome

Auburn

Donta Scott

Maryland

Arthur Kaluma

Creighton

DeAndre Williams

Memphis

DaRon Holmes

Dayton

Norchad Omier

Miami (Fl.)

Kyle Filipowski

Duke

Pete Nance

North Carolina

Jalen Slawson

Furman

GG Jackson

South Carolina

Drew Timme

Gonzaga

Jayden Gardner

Virginia

Jarace Walker

Houston

Justyn Mutts

Virginia Tech

Trayce Jackson-Davis

Indiana

Graham Ike

Wyoming

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2022-2023 season*

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