SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Wichita State sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet was named one of 23 watch list finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday. This is VanVleet's second watch list nomination of the season, as he was named to the 2014 Oscar Robinson Watch List on January 23.
VanVleet has started every game for the Shockers, helping lead them to a 27-0 record and currently a No. 3/2 ranking in the nation. He averages 11.9 points per game, 5.2 assists a game, and grabs 3.9 rebounds per game.
Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes
the top point guards in men’s college basketball. The original watch list of 80 candidates was
narrowed down to the below list of 23 by a nationally based committee.
“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful point guards
in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the
“The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the
game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player,” said
Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association
of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “All of these young men are on this list because they deserve
to be competing for this well-respected award.”
Beginning Tuesday February 18th through Monday March 10th, fans from around the country
will have the chance to vote for the top point guard in college basketball – fan voting begins on
www.cousyaward.com at 10:00AM EST. The current listing of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob
Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 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. The Hall of Fame committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Hall of Famers and Sports Information Directors. The winner of the 2014 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in North Texas as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Raymond Felton (North Carolina),
Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North
Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Kendall Marshall (North
Carolina) and last year’s recipient Trey Burke (Michigan). For more information on the 2014
Bob Cousy Award, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
2014 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Jahii Carson, Arizona State University
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga University
Siyani Chambers, Harvard University
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana University
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State University
Jason Brickman, LIU Brooklyn
Keith Appling, Michigan State University
Aaron Craft, Ohio State University
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State University
Xavier Thames, San Diego State University
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse University
T.J. McConnell, University of Arizona
Justin Cobbs, University of California, Berkeley
Kyle Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
Shabazz Napier, University of Connecticut
Scottie Wilbekin, University of Florida
Chaz Williams, University of Massachusetts
Kendall Williams, University of New Mexico
Marcus Paige, University of North Carolina
Eric Atkins, University of Notre Dame
James Robinson, University of Pittsburgh
Juwan Staten, West Virginia University
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State University
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
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Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level –
professional, collegiate, men and women.