List of 70 plus candidates down to final 20
JANUARY 12, 2011 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts announced today 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy. An original list of 70 plus candidates was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to the below list of 20.
“This list makes up college basketball’s elite at the point guard position,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “These 20 players incontention for the award all have skills that Mr. Cousy would be proud of. The Hall of Fame looks forward to having these players compete for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.”
“We are pleased with our list of 20 candidates that have advanced into the next round of the process,” said Ken Kauffman, Chair of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. “We’ve got a very competitive field of players in contention for the award and we look forward to moving into the next phase. All of these players are well deserving of the recognition.”
The current listing of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February and then down five players by early March. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. These Hall of Fame committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included: Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina) and Greivis Vasquez (Maryland). For more information on the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, log onto www.cousyaward.com .
Bob Cousy Award Finalists:
Kevin Anderson University of Richmond
Norris Cole Cleveland State University
Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech
Corey Fisher Villanova University
Jimmer Fredette Brigham Young University
DJ Gay San Diego State University
Tu Holloway Xavier University
Scoop Jardine Syracuse University
Brandon Knight University of Kentucky
Kalin Lucas Michigan State University
Demetri McCamey University of Illinois
Mickey McConnell St. Mary’s College
Jacob Pullen Kansas State University
Nolan Smith Duke University
Isaiah Thomas University of Washington
Jordan Taylor University of Wisconsin
Tyshawn Taylor University of Kansas
Kemba Walker University of Connecticut
Casper Ware Long Beach State
Chris Wright Georgetown University
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