Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Tyler Ulis are among 36 players named to the 2015 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.
The award recognizes the top point guard in men's college basketball.
Harrison averaged 10.9 points and four assists as a freshman last season. Ulis, a 5-foot-9 freshman, made a big splash during UK's six exhibition games in the Bahamas in August.
The watch list of candidates for the Cousy Award will be trimmed to 20 in early February, then a final five by early March. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on the Monday of the Final Four in Indianapolis.
Other players on the watch list include Terry Rozier of Louisville, Cameron Payne of Murray State and such Southeastern Conference players as Jarvis Summers of Mississippi, Kasey Hill of Florida and Alex Caruso of Texas A&M.
UConn duo scores a first
Connecticut's Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are in a class by themselves.
They are the first teammates to twice be honored as preseason All-Americans by The Associated Press.
"The fact that this has never been achieved before by the same teammates speaks volumes to just how special it is," UConn Coach Geno Auriemma said.
The two are joined on the team by Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd, Duke's Elizabeth Williams and South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell.
Stewart and Loyd received all 35 votes from a national media panel Tuesday, becoming the 10th and 11th players to be unanimous selections on the AP preseason team. Chiney Ogwumike was a unanimous choice last year, with Brittney Griner, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins doing it before.
"It's amazing to be mentioned with them," Loyd said. "Stewart at UConn is obviously in that caliber, too."
Loyd was a key reason that Notre Dame went 37-1 with the lone loss coming in the national championship game to Connecticut. She averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore.
Stewart followed an exceptional freshman season with an even better sophomore one. She was the outstanding player of the Final Four for a second straight year.
"It's great to hear because it's a position you want to be in," said Stewart, who averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds last season. "But I have to play really, really well to be there in the end."
The UConn duo is the eighth set of teammates to be preseason All-Americans, and the pair helped UConn win its ninth national title in April. UConn is back at No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 poll.
"It's an honor, especially after last year and not being able to play as much as I wanted to or as well," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "But it's awesome. I definitely want to get back to the way I was playing my sophomore year and even better than that."
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