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Illinois guard Malcolm Hill named a finalist for Jerry West Award

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The award is given to the nation's top shooting guard.

Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Fighting Illini basketball's Malcolm Hill has been named a finalist for the 2016 Jerry West Award. The honor, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is given to the nation's top shooting guard at the end of the season.

The junior guard is averaging team-highs in points (18.5 PPG), rebounds (5.8 RPG), and assists (3.2 APG) while shooting 43.9% from the field. Hill has reached double-figures in all 22 of Illinois' games this season, including 11 contests with least 20 points (season-high of 34 points came against South Dakota).

The nine other finalists for this year's award are Grayson Allen (Duke), A.J. English (Iona), Sheldon McClellan (Miami), Caris LeVert (Michigan), Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), Julian Jacobs (Southern California), Jalen Jones (Texas A&M), Josh Hart (Villanova), and Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia).

Former Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell took home the inaugural Jerry West Award in 2015. For more information on the award's background, click here.