Maryland point guard Melo Trimble and Washington guard Markelle Fultz were named to the Bob Cousy Award preseason watch list on Monday.
Both players made a name for themselves when they were playing high school basketball in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
Trimble has appeared on the list for the second straight season. The junior guard is coming off a season where he averaged 14.8 points, and five assists per game, while shooting 41 percent from the floor.
There is no surprise that Fultz made the list. The McDonald’s All-American has received a lot of hype heading into the 2016-17 season. Fultz was named Preseason First Team All-American by Athlon Sports. He was voted the second most wanted college basketball player by coaches and predicted to lead all freshmen in scoring with 18 points per game. Not to mention he is favorite to be the first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Fultz is one of five freshmen on the list. NC State’s Dennis Smith, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and Duke’s Frank Jackson are competing for the award.
History is not on their side as no first-year player has won the Bob Cousy Award since its inception in 2003-04. Last year, Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis won the award.