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Kelan Martin Named to The Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Butler junior F Kelan Martin has been named to the Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List. The list was announced Monday, Nov. 7. The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Junior F Kelan Martin
Photo: Butler Athletics/Junior F Kelan Martin

Martin, a 6-7 forward from Louisville, Ky., is the top returning scorer in the BIG EAST Conference, posting 15.7 points per game last season. He was voted to the 2016-17 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team by the league’s head coaches after earning second-team postseason honors a season ago. Martin is also on the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, presented annually to the nation’s top small forward.

The recipient of the 2017 Lute Olson Award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on April 31 in Phoenix, Arizona, site of the men’s division I basketball championship.

Lute Olson won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

Martin and the Bulldogs open the regular season Saturday (Nov. 12), hosting Northern Colorado at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The 7:30 p.m. tip will be broadcast live on FS2. Tickets are still available.

2017 LUTE OLSON AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST

NOTE: Transfers and incoming freshmen are not eligible for the preseason watch list.

Jalen Adams 6-3 So. Connecticut
Grayon Allen 6-5 Jr. Duke
Joel Berry II 6-0 Jr. North Carolina
James Blackmon, Jr. 6-4 Jr. Indiana
Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 Sr. Clemson
Trevon Bluiett 6-6 Jr. Xavier
Chris Boucher 6-10 Sr. Oregon
Evans Bradds 6-7 Sr. Belmont
Isaiah Briscoe 6-3 So. Kentucky
Dillon Brooks 6-7 Jr. Oregon
Thomas Bryant 6-10 So. Indiana
Antonio Campbell 6-9 Sr. Ohio
Jevon Carter 6-2 Jr. West Virginia
Troy Caupain 6-4 Sr. Cincinnati
Tyler Cavanaugh 6-9 Sr. George Washington
Gary Clark 6-8 Jr. Cincinnati
T.J. Cline 6-9 Sr. Richmond
Charles Cooke 6-5 Sr. Dayton
Tyler Davis 6-10 So. Texas A&M
Jawun Evans 6-1 So. Oklahoma State
Marcus Evans 6-2 So. Rice
J.J. Frazier 5-10 Sr. Georgia
Jack Gibbs 6-0 Sr. Davidson
Devonte’ Graham 6-2 Jr. Kansas
Isaac Hamilton 6-5 Sr. UCLA
Josh Hart 6-5 Sr. Villanova
Nigel Hayes 6-8 Sr. Wisconsin
Justin Jackson 6-8 Jr. North Carolina
Kris Jenkins 6-6 Sr. Villanova
Peter Jok 6-5 Sr. Iowa
Moses Kingsley 6-10 Sr. Arkansas
Bronson Koenig 6-3 Sr. Wisconsin
Dedric Lawson 6-9 So. Memphis
William Lee 6-9 Jr. UAB
JeQuan Lewis 6-1 Sr. VCU
Tyler Lyndon 6-9 So. Syracuse
Kelan Martin 6-7 Jr. Butler
Frank Mason III 5-11 Sr. Kansas
Yante Maten 6-8 Jr. Georgia
E.C. Matthews 6-5 Jr. Rhode Island
Monte Morris 6-3 Sr. Iowa State
Johnathan Motley 6-10 Jr. Baylor
Alec Peters 6-9 Sr. Valparaiso
Ivan Rabb 6-11 So. California
Justin Robinson 5-8 Sr. Monmouth
Edmund Summer 6-6 So. Xavier
Alonzo Trier 6-5 So. Arizona
Melo Trimble 6-3 Jr. Maryland
Reggie Upshaw 6-8 Sr. Middle Tennessee
Jordan Woodard 6-0 Sr. Oklahoma

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

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