SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Aaron Wiggins was one of 20 players named to the 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award watch list announced Wednesday. Named after Class of 1993 Hall of Famer and 16-year professional basketball player Julius Erving, the annual honor in its fifth year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
Wiggins, a 6-6 guard from Greensboro, N.C. and consensus four-star recruit, enters his first season in College Park as a member of head coach Mark Turgeon’s consensus top-10 2018 recruiting class.
Wiggins was tabbed as the No. 3 prospect out of the state of North Carolina and the No. 9 small forward in the country via ESPN, and was named to the All-Under Armour Association Team in 2017. He averaged 15.1 points per game at Wesleyan Christian as a senior playing under former Terrapin Keith Gatlin.
By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2019 Julius Erving Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5.
Previous winners of the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award include Mikal Bridges, Villanova (2018), Josh Hart, Villanova (2017), Denzel Valentine, Michigan State (2016) and Stanley Johnson, Arizona (2015).