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Jahvon Quinerly of Alabama and Jordan Walker of UAB were among the 20 players on the Bob Cousy Award watch list released on Monday. The award is given to the nation’s top point guard.

Fan voting for the award will begin on October 28. In January, the watch list will be cut to 10 players and then trimmed to five point guards in February. In March, the Cousy Award committee will choose a winner from the five finalists.

Quinerly and Walker each played high school basketball in New Jersey and they are longtime friends. They are also members of New York City’s "Jelly Fam," which is a group formed around a layup move called "the jelly."

Walker was sensational in his first season at UAB. The former Seton Hall and Tulane point guard led UAB to the NCAA Tournament, averaging 20.3 points and 4.9 assists per game. He was selected as the Conference USA Player of the Year and C-USA Tournament MVP. He was one of three players in the nation to average at least 20 points and more than 4.5 assists per game. He was recently selected as the C-USA Preseason Player of the Year.

Quinerly, who began his college career at Villanova, hurt his knee in the NCAA Tournament loss to Notre Dame last season. He probably won’t be cleared to play until sometime during SEC play but will play a big role when ready. Quinerly was second on the team in points per game (13.8) and assists per game (4.2) last season. Quinerly, a former McDonald’s All-American, was the SEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2021 and was recently selected as a Preseason second-team All-SEC selection.

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