With about a month and a half until the start of the DI men’s college basketball season, Andy Katz broke down the best playmakers heading into the 2020-21 season, ranking 15 guards he sees as potential winners of this year’s Bob Cousy Award. 

Katz unveiled his rankings on the latest edition of the March Madness 365 podcast. He also was joined by Big East expert John Fanta, Villanova star guard Collin Gillespie and Turner Sports’ Chad “March Chadness” Aycock to talk about potential contenders from smaller conferences. You can listen to the full episode below. 

Here are Andy Katz’s top 15 Bob Cousy Award candidates for the 2020-21 college basketball season:

15. Ja’vonte Smart — LSU, Junior

Ja’vonte Smart will look to be one of the best guards in the SEC this season. The 6-foot-4 junior hopes to lead the Tigers to a top-five finish in the SEC and maybe compete for an SEC tournament crown. Smart did a little bit of everything during his sophomore campaign, averaging 12.5 points, 1.1 steals and 4.2 assists per game. 

14. Jalen Crutcher — Dayton, Senior

Dayton's Jalen Crutcher

With no Obi Toppin, last season’s Naismith Player of the Year, Jalen Crutcher will look to be the primary scorer for the Flyers this season. Even with Toppin in the lineup, Crutcher still put up solid numbers for Dayton last year, averaging 15.1 points and 4.9 assists per game. 

13. Fatts Russell — Rhode Island, Senior