The award, named for the former Boston Celtics Hall of Famer, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
Harrison, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from Texas, started 39 games for the Wildcats in 2013-14, averaging 10.9 points and 4.0 assists per game in helping lead UK to the Final Four. On Sunday, he dished out nine assists and had no turnovers in the top-ranked Cats’ exhibition opener.
Ulis, a 5-9 freshman from Chicago, averaged 23 points and 6.8 assists per game as a senior at Marian Catholic High School. He scored six points and dished out four assists in UK’s 116-68 exhibition win over Pikeville on Sunday.
The watch list candidates will be narrowed to a final 20 in early February. Five finalists will be chosen in March with the award being presented on Championship Monday of the Final Four in Indianapolis.
Kentucky returns to the court Sunday in its second exhibition tune-up for the season, a 7 p.m. ET matchup with Georgetown College that will air on the SEC Network.