Four University of Kentucky basketball players were included on midseason award watch lists announced Friday by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Willie Cauley-Stein made the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which goes to the nation's top player.
Freshmen Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis were among 14 players selected to the midseason list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, which honors the nation's top freshman.
Cauley-Stein leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.9 per game and has a team-best 30 steals. The junior is averaging 9.4 points and shooting a team-best 57.3 percent.
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Joining Cauley-Stein on the 17-player Oscar Robertson watch list were junior forwards Montrezl Harrell of Louisville and Kyle Wiltjer — a former UK player — of Gonzaga.
Booker is leading the Cats with 34 made three-pointers. He's shooting 50 percent from behind the arc and averaging 10.4 points — tops among UK freshmen.
Towns has two double-doubles and is averaging 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while blocking a team-high 46 shots.
Ulis is averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 assists while leading the Southeastern Conference with a 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Louisville native D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State and Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. — son of the former UK player of the same name — also made the Wayman Tisdale list.
The awards will be presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.