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Bona senior Jaylen Adams a candidate for point guard of the year

The start of the season is still a few weeks away and St. Bonaventure senior Jaylen Adams racked up another early-season honor.

Adams was one of 20 NCAA Division I players named candidates for the 2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor now in its 15th year recognizes the top point guard in Division I college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the "watch list" of 20 candidates.

Adams was selected as the preseason Atlantic 10 Player of the Year by NBC Sports and Blue Ribbon Yearbook. He was chosen as one of the top nine point guards in the country by CBS Sports reporter Matt Norlander.

Over his three seasons, Adams has scored 1,377 points, which ranks 21st in program history. He has led the Bonnies to back-to-back 20-win seasons the past two years.

"These 20 student-athletes truly represent the best in the college game today and we are eager to see what they will achieve in the 2017-18 season," said John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "They exhibit many of the characteristics that made Bob Cousy a tremendous player and floor general and we are pleased to be recognizing them."

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award will be narrowed to 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee.  The winner of the 2018 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy's in Los Angeles in April.

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