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Cats' Andrew Harrison, Cards' Chris Jones named to Cousy Award watch list

UK guard Andrew Harrison answered questions at University of Kentucky basketball media day on Tuesday October 15, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff
UK guard Andrew Harrison answered questions at University of Kentucky basketball media day on Tuesday October 15, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky freshman Andrew Harrison was one of 45 players named to the watch list Tuesday for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The watch list was created by a committee of media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.

Other nominees include Chris Jones of Louisville, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Quinn Cook of Duke, Yogi Ferrell of Indiana, Kasey Hill of Florida, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and Trevor Releford of Alabama.

"The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and teamwork, all skills needed not only on the hardwood but also in life," said Ken Kaufman, chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. "Mr. Cousy exemplified all of these traits, and continues to be an inspiration to players on and off the court."

Harrison is a 6-foot-6 guard from Richmond, Texas. As a senior in high school he averaged 15.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while directing Travis High to a state championship. He came to Kentucky rated as the top point guard in the country by all three major recruiting services and the third-best prospect in the country by ESPNU Recruiting. Scout and Rivals both ranked him as the fifth-best overall prospect.

The watch list will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. The Cousy Award will be presented the day of the NCAA men's basketball championship game in Dallas next April.

Kentucky's John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague were all finalists for the award.

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