Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the final five candidates in consideration for the 2012 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 Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list, consisting of 60-plus candidates from around the country, was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11 and now five candidates remain in consideration for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.
“These five young men represent the elite at the point guard position in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Each finalist is extremely talented and has exhibited tremendous leadership and passion for the game epitomizing everything Bob Cousy represented during his own career.”
The Hall of Fame’s blue ribbon selection committee, which will review the final five candidates for the award, is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.
The final five candidates are Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s), Damian Lillard (Weber State), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas), who was added back into consideration by the committee as a candidate due to his performances over the last month of the season for the Jayhawks.
"At the end of the season, the Bob Cousy Award wants to honor the best point guard in college basketball,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award and past NABC President. “Our Committee reviews the candidates at each cut down checkpoint based on their season to-date, however it has the opportunity to review all players -- even those outside of the remaining candidates -- to make any inclusion to the next round of votes for consideration."
The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday, April 2nd in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.