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Five UK basketball signees on Naismith watch list

UK men’s basketball signee Sacha Killeya-Jones is one of five future Wildcats on the watch list for this season’s Naismith Trophy.
UK men’s basketball signee Sacha Killeya-Jones is one of five future Wildcats on the watch list for this season’s Naismith Trophy. Under Armour

All five of UK’s basketball signees made the Naismith Trophy boys’ high school player of the year award watch list, which was released Thursday.

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk were among 50 players on the list. The award has been given annually since 1987.

Ron Mercer, who earned the honor in 1995, is the only UK player to ever receive the award.

Louisiana State freshman Ben Simmons was the recipient of last season’s trophy.

This season’s winner will be announced March 10, 2016.

MORE: The full 2016 watch list

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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