Colorado Buffaloes senior Josh Scott has been named one of 10 finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabaar award as the nation's top center.

On Friday, Scott and nine other premier big men advanced from the initial list of 20 named to the award's preseason watch list. Scott ranks third in the Pac-12 Conference in both scoring and rebounding, leading the Buffs with averages of 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds. Scott also ranks fourth in the league in blocked shots (43) and seventh in field goal percentage (.563).

Pac-12 rivals Josh Hawkinson of Washington State and Jakob Poeltl of Utah also were named to the list of 10 finalists. In March, the finalists will be trimmed to a group of five that will be presented to Abdul-Jabaar and the basketball Hall of Fame award selection committee. The winner will be announced on ESPN during the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on April 8.

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