Motley wins Karl Malone Award as nation's top power forward

Baylor power forward Johnathan Motley. (Photo: Getty)

WACO, Texas -- Baylor's Johnathan Motley became the first major award winner in program history on Friday night in Los Angeles, winning the Karl Malone Award for the nation's best power forward. 

Motley, a 6-foot-10 junior, was announced as the winner during the ESPN College Basketball Awards show -- he beat out Arizona's Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and UCLA’s TJ Leaf.

"Baylor Nation is extremely proud and happy for Johnathan Motley," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Karl Malone signifies hard work and dedication, and Johnathan has followed in those footsteps. He's done a tremendous job progressing throughout his Baylor career."

Motley averaged 17. 3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks this season and helped lead Baylor to the Sweet 16. The Bears finished 27-8 and Motley was a unanimous All-Big 12 pick and a second team AP All-American. 

Motley had surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week and is out for 4-6 weeks -- he has until April 23 to declare as an early entrant for the NBA Draft

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