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Kentucky’s Ulis one of 10 finalists for Cousy Award

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis (3) shoots in front of Vanderbilt's Damian Jones (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 76-57.
Kentucky's Tyler Ulis (3) shoots in front of Vanderbilt's Damian Jones (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 76-57. AP

University of Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Named after Hall of Fame guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guard in Division I men’s basketball.

A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the initial watch list of 20 candidates in October. The final five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March, and the winner will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 8.

Ulis is looking to become the first Kentucky guard to win the award.

Standing at just 5-foot-9, Ulis has been one of the top players in the country this season, leading Kentucky to a 16-5 record with wins over nationally ranked Duke and Louisville

Ulis is averaging 16.1 points and a team-best 6.2 assists per game, which ranks second in the Southeastern Conference. He’s now scored 20 or more points in four straight games and eight of his last 10, averaging 20.1 points and 7.1 assists while shooting 51.1 percent over the 10-game stretch.

The Chicago native is the only player in the SEC averaging 16.0 points and 6.0 assists or better. He is one of just five players nationally to achieve that feat (Kahil Felder, Oakland; Kris Dunn, Providence; Juan’Ya Green, Hofstra; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State) and the lone underclassman.

With a career-high 26 points and eight assists at No. 4 Kansas on Saturday, Ulis has posted nine games this season with at least 20 points and at least five assists in the same game, the most by a Wildcat in any season since 1972-73.

2016 Bob Cousy Award finalists

Kyle Collinsworth, Brigham Young

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame

Khalil Felder, Oakland

Gary Payton Jr., Oregon State

Kris Dunn, Providence

Nic Moore, Southern Methodist

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