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Awards

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame gives out several awards each year. Look below for information about these awards.

The Cousy Award Presented by College of the Holy Cross

The Bob Cousy Award recognizes the nations top NCAA male college point guard. The award given by the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College of the Holy Cross and is presented at The College Basketball Awards Show on ESPN2 live from Los Angeles on the days following the Final Four. The Cousy Award program includes online fan voting, a voting committee of the top names in college basketball.

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The Nancy Lieberman Award

The Nancy Lieberman Award recognizes the nations top NCAA Women's college point guard. The award given by the Basketball Hall of Fame is presented at the WBCA Awards Show at the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, FL. The Nancy Lieberman Award program includes a voting committee of the top names in Women's college basketball.

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The Morgan Wootten Lifetime Achievement Award

Named after Morgan Wootten, the only coach who exclusively coached at the high school level enshrined into the Hall of Fame, this award honors those who have had tremendous influence on the game.

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The Curt Gowdy Media Award(s)

The Basketball Hall of Fame's media award is named in honor of Curt Gowdy, who served as president of the Hall of Fame for seven consecutive one-year terms. It was established by the Board of Trustees to single out members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to basketball.

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The John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award

The John Bunn Award is named for the first chairman of the Basketball Hall of Fame Committee (1949-69). The award, instituted by the Basketball Hall's Board of Trustees, annually honors an international or national figure who has contributed greatly to the game of basketball. Outside of Enshrinement, the John Bunn Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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The Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

The Mannie Jackson award is given annually to an individual who has found the game of basketball as a contributing aspect to their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others, and an avenue that helped shape that individual's growth into a recognized visionary & leader.

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The Jerry West Award

Jerry West was on the fast track to stardom from the day he touched a basketball. Throughout the games history, it would be hard to find a better pure shooter. At West Virginia University, West averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons. In 1959, he led the Mountaineers to the NCAA Finals and captured the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. In a superlative senior season, West was a consensus All-American and led West Virginia to its third consecutive conference championship.

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The Julius Erving Award

Julius Erving could jump, run, shoot, score, dunk, play defense, rebound, and fill arena seats everywhere he played. He attended the University of Massachusetts and averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game, making him one of only six NCAA men’s basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game.

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The Karl Malone Award

Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

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The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

The world may never again see an athlete dominate basketball for as long and as thoroughly as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From the time he stepped on the court as Lewis Alcindor at Power Memorial High School in his native New York City, to the years he owned college basketball at UCLA to the time he retired as the NBA's all-time leader in nine statistical categories including the most points in NBA history, the 7-foot-2 superstar established himself as one of basketball's most talented and recognizable figures.

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