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UConn’s Shabazz Napier and Providence’s Kris Dunn of New London made the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award watch list.
The watch list will be cut from 45 players to 20 in early February and then to a final five in early March. The winner will be announced on the day of the National Championship in Dallas.
UConn’s Kemba Walker won the award in 2011, the season that he led the Huskies to the program’s third national championship.
Other candidates on the watch list include: Trevor Releford, Alabama; TJ McConnell, Arizona; Jahii Carson, Arizona State; Derrick Marks, Boise State; Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley; Justin Cobbs, California; Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Billy Baron, Canisus; Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado; Quinn Cook, Duke; Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast; Kasey Hill, Florida; Devon Bookert, Florida State; Markel Starks, Georgetown; Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga; Siyani Chambers and Brandyn Curry, Harvard;
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Jake Odum, Indiana State; DeAndre Kane, Iowa State; Andrew Harrison, Kentucky; Elfrid Payton, Lafayette; Jason Brickman, Long Island; Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount; Chris Jones, Louisville; Chaz Williams, UMass; Michael Dixon and Joe Jackson, Memphis; Keith Appling, Michigan State; Jordan Clarkson, Missouri;
Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Marcus Paige, North Carolina; Eric Atkins, Notre Dame; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; Dominic Artis, Oregon; Tim Frazier, Penn State; Tyler Ennis, Syracuse; Preston Medlin, Utah State; Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova; Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington; Semaj Christon, Xavier; Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State.
Today’s American Athletic Conference Championship semifinal doubleheader is underway here at the XL Center in Hartford. A crowd in the 12,000-13,000 range is expected for the UConn-Tulsa game. Tip-off time is 5 p.m.