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Wisconsin PG Bronson Koenig named to Bob Cousy Award watchlist

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Preseason accolades begin piling in for Wisconsin’s point guard.

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Wisconsin senior point guard Bronson Koenig was named to one of the nation’s premier preseason lists on Monday afternoon as he was among the 20 candidates nominated to the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award watch list.

It is the second year Koenig has been selected to the preseason watch list. Koenig averaged 13.9 points and 2.4 assists per game last season while shooting 39 percent from three-point range and earning third-team All-Big Ten honors.

Koenig enters the season needing just 71 points and 27 assists to become the 14th player in school history to post career totals of 1,000 points and 250 assists.

The list of nominees for the Cousy Award will be cut down to 10 in February and then to five finalists in March. Former Badgers guards Jordan Taylor and Devin Harris were finalists in 2011 and 2004, respectively.

Here is the full list of the 20 candidates for the award:

Jalen Adams, UConn

Maurice Watson Jr., Creighton

Jack Gibbs, Davidson

Frank Jackson, Duke

Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Frank Mason, Kansas

De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Joel Berry II, North Carolina

Dennis Smith, NC State

Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State

Lonzo Ball, UCLA

Jordan McLaughlin, USC

Jalen Brunson, Villanova

London Perrantes, Virginia

Seth Allen, Virginia Tech

Markelle Fultz, Washington

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

Edmund Sumner, Xavier

* Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2016-17 season