The award is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recognizing the top floor general in Division I men's basketball.
Yogi Ferrell of Indiana, Monte Morris from Iowa State, Oakland’s Kahlil Felder and Kris Dunn of Providence are the other finalists.
Ulis would be the first UK point guard to win the award. The sophomore from Chicago is averaging 16.6 points, an SEC-best 7.4 assists (sixth nationally) and a league-best 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio (fifth nationally). He’s dished out 10 or more assists in six of his last nine games. He has the single-season school record for most 20-point, five-assist games with 12, and according to the SEC Network, his three 20-point, 10-assist games this season are the most of any SEC player in the last 20 seasons.
With 221 assists, Ulis is currently on pace to break John Wall's single-season assist record (241) at UK.
The award will be presented on April 8 at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles. The winner will be determined by a combination of fan voting on HoophallAwards.com from March 11-25 and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame's selection committee.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Delon Wright, Utah (2015); Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014); Trey Burke, Michigan (2013); Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012); Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011); Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010); Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009); DJ Augustin, Texas (2008); Acie Law, Texas A&M (2007); Dee Brown, Illinois (2006); Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005. and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).