SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year Matthew Dellavedova has been named to the watch list as a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard.
A native of Maryborough, Australia, Dellavedova was among the five finalists for the award last season and was included on preseason watch lists for the John R. Wooden and James Naismith national player of the year awards.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob
Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. Over
80 candidates have been nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.
He is the school's all-time assist leader and is on pace to take over the career lead for scoring, three-point shooting and free throw percentage. Dellavedova averages a team-best 19.5 points and 6.1 assists per game and is shooting .939 from the free throw line and .500 from the field. He has surpassed the 30-point mark three times this season.
“The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to
celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country,”
said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“This list represents a large range of college basketball’s top student
athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these
players for their continuous hard work and dedication.”
Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and
teamwork, all skills needed on the basketball court and in life,” said
Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the
National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “Mr. Cousy
exemplified all of these traits, and inspired so many people on and off
the court. We hope that this coveted award continues to honor his
This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a
final 20 around January 1st, final 10 near February 1st, and final five
by approximately March 1st. A premier Selection Committee has been
appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in
contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. These Hall
of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel
including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and
Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented
at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in
Atlanta 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), Greivis Vasquez
(Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient Kendall
Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy,
log onto www.CousyAward.com.