TUSCALOOSA — Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton is one of 20 candidates across the nation named to the 2018 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, which was announced Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sexton is the first Alabama guard to be named to the watch list since Trevor Releford was selected before the 2013-14 season.

Sexton, who was one of six freshmen and the only honoree from the Southeastern Conference who was named to the list, was selected as a 2017 High School Second Team All-American by the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Mableton, Georgia, native was a consensus top-10 player in the country coming out of Pebblebrook High School and was rated as high as the No. 4 overall player in the nation (247Sports). Sexton also was named a McDonald’s All-American and won the McDonald’s Jam Fest Dunk Contest, joining previous winners Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Blake Griffin, among others.

Sexton received international honors when he was named the MVP of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain, where he led USA Basketball to the gold medal, topping the team in both scoring and assists.

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players 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 in Los Angeles on April 6, 2018. Broadcast information will be released later.