Creighton Bluejays guard Marcus Foster was named as an All-Big East First Teamer on Sunday and was quickly given another accolade on Tuesday. Foster is among five finalists vying for the 2017 Jerry West Award.
The award, handed out to the best shooting guard in the country, is presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame each year dating back to the 2014-15 season. Previous winners include D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State Buckeyes) and Buddy Hield (Oklahoma Sooners).
Among the competition for Foster for this award include some of the top players in the country. Malik Monk (Kentucky Wildcats) headlines the group along with Luke Kennard (Duke Blue Devils) and Bryce Alford (UCLA Bruins). Joining Foster, Kennard, Monk and Alford is Peter Jok (Iowa Hawkeyes) to round out the terrific quintet.
Marcus Foster is the second Big East player to be named a finalist for one of Hoop Hall’s awards. Jalen Brunson (Villanova Wildcats) was the other, as the sophomore point guard for ‘Nova was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award on Monday.