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Maryland men’s basketball center Qudus Wahab named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award watch list

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Wahab is the third Terp to be named to a preseason watch list so far.

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Maryland men’s basketball center Qudus Wahab has been named to the 2022 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award watch list.

The center transferred from Georgetown ahead of the season and is expected to make an impact on the court for the Terps. The 6-foot-11 center for Lagos, Nigeria, was the No. 3 overall player listed in the transfer portal this past offseason.

Last season with the Hoyas, Wahab started in 25 out of 26 games and played an integral role in their success. Wahab averaged 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. In the Big East tournament, he averaged 14.3 points per game en route to earning a spot in the Big East All-Tournament team and leading Georgetown to the conference title.

Wahab is one of 20 players named on the preseason watch list. Other Big Ten players on the list are Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson and Purdue’s Zach Edey.

This honor marks the third preseason watch list with a Terp on it as senior guard Eric Ayala is on it for the West Award and junior forward Donta Scott is on the Karl Malone Award watch list.