Gonzaga’s Rasir Bolton, Malachi Smith named to Jerry West Award watch list

Preseason accolades continue to roll in for the Gonzaga men’s basketball team as Rasir Bolton and Malachi Smith were named to the Jerry West Award watch list on Tuesday. Both guards made the initial list of 20 candidates following exceptional campaigns in their respective roles last season.

Smith, the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year, joined the Zags’ backcourt after doing a little bit of everything for Chattanooga in 2022. The redshirt junior averaged 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 49.3% from the floor , which ranked fourth-best in the conference. His 12 points and eight rebounds against Furman were enough to send the Mocs to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons.

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