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Brigham Young Cougars forward Yoeli Childs (23) catches a rebound against the St. Mary's Gaels at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

PORTLAND — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday that BYU forward Yoeli Childs is one of 10 candidates for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.

Named after former Utah Jazz star and Hall of Famer Karl Malone, the honor recognizes the top power forwards in college basketball. A national committee whittled the list from 20 in October to 10.

Childs averages a team-high of 21.2 points and a team-high of 9.5 rebounds while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line. The Bingham High product ranks in the top 30 in the nation in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles and is a two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Week.

At BYU, Childs is No. 18 in career scoring, No. 11 in career rebounds and No. 5 in triple-doubles.

Five finalists will be presented to Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March. The winner of the 2019 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on April 12.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018); Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017); Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016); and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

The other candidates for this year’s award are Zion Williamson, Duke; Dedric Lawson, Kansas; P.J. Washington, Kentucky; Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan; Jordan Murphy, Minnesota; Luke Maye, North Carolina; Mike Daum, South Dakota State; Grant Williams, Tennessee; and Eric Paschall, Villanova.

WCC HALL OF HONOR: The WCC will induct its 11th annual Hall of Honor class on Saturday, March 9, at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas in conjunction with the WCC tournament.

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The 2019 class will feature BYU’s Tiffany Lott-Hogan, who is an Olympian, a world record holder and a three-time NCAA champion and who was inducted in 2010 into the State of Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

During her track and field career at BYU, Lott-Hogan won three NCAA titles — the indoor 55-meter hurdles in 1997 and the outdoor heptathlon in 1997 and 1998. In 1997, she set a new NCAA record and a world best in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.30 at a meet in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Another inductee is former Gonzaga basketball star Adam Morrison.