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Ulis and Murray on Midseason Watch Lists for USBWA Awards

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has eyes on Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray for its National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards.

The USBWA released its Midseason Watch Lists today and Ulis is one of 20 players on the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the men’s player of the year. Murray is one of 10 in the running for the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the nation’s best freshman.

Player of the Year
Grayson Allen, Duke
Kris Dunn, Providence
Kahlil Felder, Oakland
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame
Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M
Sheldon McClellan, Miami
Monte Morris, Iowa State
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Gary Payton II, Oregon State
Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas
Ben Simmons, LSU
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga

Freshman of the Year
KeVaughn Allen, Florida
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Malik Beasley, Florida State
Henry Ellenson, Marquette
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Ivan Rabb, California
Ben Simmons, LSU
Diamond Stone, Maryland
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue


Dan Dakich was not available for comment.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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6 Comments for Ulis and Murray on Midseason Watch Lists for USBWA Awards

  1. @BallBlog_Chad
    1:18 pm January 25, 2016 Permalink

    well, there are more than 5 PGs on that list, so people can rank them however … and if you’re nuts like Dakich, you may even consider guys that aren’t PGs to be high on your PG list like Valentine

  2. bbn4LIFE
    1:30 pm January 25, 2016 Permalink

    Dakich is busy googling “how can I make my penis bigger.”

  3. JonE
    1:42 pm January 25, 2016 Permalink

    Well, in fairness to Dakich, all five of his “top point guards” are also on the list–Dunn, Felder, Ferrell, Trimble, and Valentine. I’d put Ulis over all of them, obviously, but this isn’t exactly rebutting Dakich’s claim.

  4. jahanc2uky
    2:07 pm January 25, 2016 Permalink

    Grayson Allen & Monte Morris? Both should barely be in the top 50 but top 20, come’on!

  5. Paducah UK fan
    7:35 pm January 25, 2016 Permalink

    I love this kid Ulis, he is the life blood of the team this year. Put anyone else in his place and we go to pot. Ulis always has his game hat on and comes ready to ball. He is prepared to put this team on his back and make it happen. His attitude is always great. What is there to not like? We can only hope he does come back next year.