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Ron Harper Jr. named Julius Erving Award Finalist

The junior continues to gain national recognition this season.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Rutgers Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers junior Ron Harper Jr. was one of five college basketball players named a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award on Wednesday. He joined Corey Kispert of Gonzaga, Isaiah Livers of Michigan, Sam Hauser of Virginia and Terrence Shannon of Texas Tech.

Harper Jr. is averaging 15.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He is shooting 44.3% from the floor, 31.2% from three-point range, and 74.6% from the free throw line. He has scored in double digits in 15 of 20 games played and has registered three double-doubles.

From the press release, including how fans can vote for the Award winner:

“Congratulations to the five student athletes considered as finalists for the Erving Award during a season that has been a tremendous challenge for all,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “These young men have undoubtedly exhibited their abilities to takeover games, similar to the play of Dr. J, and we’re pleased to acknowledge them while honoring Hall of Famer Julius Erving.”

This month, the finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Naismith Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, February 26 on

“Selecting our winner for this year’s award will take great attention and research down the homestretch of the season,” said Julius Erving, Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1993. “The committee members and I are certainly excited to watch them play and we hope the fans will join us in voting to make their opinions heard.”

For more information and the latest updates on the 2021 Julius Erving Award, log onto and follow @hoophall and #ErvingAward on Twitter and Instagram.

Harper Jr. and Rutgers take on Indiana on Wednesday night.