Auburn's backcourt is picking up offseason steam.
Guards Jared Harper and Bryce Brown were named to preseason national watch lists for the upcoming 2018-2019 season, announced Tuesday, Brown, a senior from Stone Mountain, Georgia, was selected to the Jerry West Award Watch List, while Harper, a junior from Mableton, Gerogia, was named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List.
The Jerry West Award is given to best shooting guard after each season, and the Cousy Award is given to the top point guard.
Each list will be trimmed throughout the season down to five finalists in March. The winner of each award will be announced at the College Basketball Awards after the Final Four on April 12.
Brown is one of 20 players on the list. There were four other players from the SEC on the watch list along with Brown. Last season, Brown was one of the prime catalysts behind Auburn’s first SEC regular season championship in nearly two decades.
He averaged 15.9 points per game, which was double his average from his sophomore campaign. Brown started 33 games for Auburn and also added 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a steal per game.
Brown is one of the most dynamic 3-point shooters in the nation. Last year, he was one made 3-pointer away from tying the school record as he drained 107 threes. He is currently third in school history with 241 3-pointers made.
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Harper is also one of 20 players nationally to make the watch list for best point guard. He was one of three SEC players to be named to the watch list, along with LSU’s Tremont Waters and Tennessee’s Jordan Bone.
Harper excelled as a sophomore as he averaged over 13 points a game. The floor general added 5.4 assists per game and made 34 starts last year. Harper was named to the second team All-SEC by the Associated Press and coaches after leading Auburn to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003.
Brown and Harper will look to lead Auburn to another successful season on the hardwood when they tip their season off November 6 at 8 p.m. CST against South Alabama. The game will be televised by SEC Network.
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