PROVO – Brigham Young University Basketball Center Eric Mika has been named as a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabaar award given to the top center in the nation.
Mika, a sophomore, is one of three players in the country currently averaging 20.5 point and 9.5 rebounds per game. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame named Mika as one of ten finalists, in a list that included WCC Conference foes Jock Landale of St. Mary’s and Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski.
“You know for me, it’s definitely cool being on the list and I appreciate it, it’s an honor. But right now I just want to win, and so number one on my list is win some more games, and if something like that comes along with it, then that’s great,” Mika said.
Mika has been a forced to be reckoned in game. He currently leads the WCC in rebounds and blocks, and is second in scoring. His 15 double-doubles this season also rank T-7th in the NCAA.
The Kareem Abdul-Jabaar Award began in 2015 and both previous winners Frank Karnowski and Jabok Poetl are currently playing in the NBA, on the Hornets and Raptors respectively.
If Mika wins this award, it will likely mean a bright future for him as well. The Kareem Abdul-Jabaar award finalists are expected to be cut to five in March and a winner will be announced on April 7th.
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