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Josh Hawkinson named a finalist for the Abdul-Jabbar Award

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For the second season in a row, junior Josh Hawkinson is in the running to take home some special hardware.

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Josh Hawkinson has been selected as a finalist for the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which honors college basketball's best center. Hawkinson was a finalist for the award last season, but the award ended up going to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky.

Hawkinson's 16 double-doubles lead the Pac-12 and ranks fifth in the nation. With eight games remaining until the Pac-12 tournament, Hawkinson who averages a double-double (15.9 PPG and 11.0 REB), hopes that he can add to his total. Hawkinson is accompanied by two other Pac-12 centers, Josh Scott of Colorado and Jacob Poeltl of Utah.

In March the finalists will be trimmed down to five, at that time Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the college basketball Hall of Fame committee. The winner of the award will be named at the ESPN College Basketball Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 8th, 2016.

While Washington State (9-14, 1-9 in Pac-12) has had a disappointing season, Hawkinson has been a bright spot for the Cougars. The Cougars are currently on a eight-game losing streak and only have one win since the New Year.

Today at 3:30 p.m. they host Arizona State at Beasley Colosseum in Pullman. Expect the Cougars to lean heavily on their high-effort big man as they try to take out the Sun Devils.

Men's Basketball

Hawkinson Named Finalist for Abdul-Jabbar Award - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Women's Basketball

Jillian Alleyne leads Oregon women past host Washington State in Pac-12 basketball | The Seattle Times
Jillian Alleyne had 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 14 rebounds to tie the school record with her 88th career double-double and Oregon used a dominating start to defeat host Washington State 73-48.

Tennis

Cougar Senior Enjoying Time as a Cougar - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Trang Huynh is off to a fast start during her first season with the Cougars.

Track and Field

Brooks-Johnson Wins Pentathlon at Cougar Indoor - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Brooks-Johnson scored 4,101 points in the pentathlon, 12th-best nationally this season.

Random

Ed Werder should call-up Coach Leach, cause he clearly has no idea what The Dab is.