Freshman De'Aaron Fox was included as one of 20 candidates on the watch list released Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 6-foot-3 Texas native was a finalist for the Naismith High School Player of the Year award and a McDonald's All-American last season. He was a three-time all-state selection out of Houston's Cypress Lakes High School, where he posted 20 games of 30-plus points as a senior, including a 50-point effort.
Fox was rated the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 by Scout, who ranked UK's signing class No. 2 nationally.
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).
The Cousy Award is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy. Cousy played for Holy Cross from 1946-50, winning an NCAA championship in 1947. He was named a Consensus First-Team All-American in 1950. Cousy’s success continued at the professional level as a six-time NBA champion (1957, 1959-1963), NBA Most Valuable Player (1957) and 13-time NBA All-Star (1951-63). In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.