Monday, October 23, 2023

- Starting Five Fan Voting, Presented by Dell Technologies, Begins Friday, October 27 -


SPRINGFIELD, MASS.  — The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 20 watch-list candidates for the 2024 Bob Cousy Award. Named after Class of 1971 Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor, now in its 21st year, recognizes the top point guard in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.


“The point guards that have been named to the 2024 Bob Cousy Award Watch List truly embody the skills and characteristics that made Bob Cousy the ‘Houdini of the Hardwood,’” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. “We look forward to watching their leadership and playmaking abilities take center stage and working alongside Bob Cousy and the selection committee to narrow down the watch list throughout the season.”


2024 Bob Cousy Award Candidates*

Isaiah Stevens

Colorado State

Nijel Pack

Miami (Fla.)

Steven Ashworth


RJ Davis

North Carolina

Tyrese Proctor


Boo Buie


Ryan Nembhard


Ace Baldwin Jr.

Penn State

Jamal Shead


Judah Mintz


Dajuan Harris Jr.


Zakai Zeigler


DJ Wagner


Max Abmas


Tyler Kolek


Wade Taylor IV

Texas A&M

Jahmir Young


Tristen Newton


Jahvon Quinerly


Isaiah Collier


*Players can play their way onto and off the list at any point in the 2023-24 season.


Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds starting on Friday, October 27. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2024 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed to 10, and then in late February, to just 5. In March, the five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, where a winner will be selected. 


The winner of the 2024 Bob Cousy Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Jerry West Award (Shooting Guard), Julius Erving Award (Small Forward), Karl Malone (Power Forward), and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center), in addition to the Women’s Starting Five.


Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Markquis Nowell, Kansas State (2023), Collin Gillespie, Villanova (2022), Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (2021), Ja Morant, Murray State (2019), Jalen Brunson, Villanova (2018), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).

For more information on the 2024 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award and the latest updates, visit and follow @hoophallu and #CousyAward on Twitter and Instagram. 


About Bob Cousy:

Cousy played for Holy Cross from 1946-50, winning an NCAA championship in 1947, and was named a consensus First-Team All-American in 1950. His success continued at the professional level as a six-time NBA Champion (1957, ‘59-63), NBA Most Valuable Player (1957) and 13-time NBA All-Star (1951-63). He was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and was listed as one of the league’s 75 greatest players in 2021.


About the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.