Walker Named 2011 Bob Cousy Award Nominee

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Kemba Walker was named a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard.
    Kemba Walker was named a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard.

    Dec. 20, 2010

    Storrs, Conn. - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts announced today the candidates for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. The annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball's top point guard. Total of 66 players have been nominated for the 2011 award. Nominations were solicited from all schools across the country.

    "The Hall of Fame is proud to once again work with Mr. Cousy and to present one of college basketball's most coveted awards," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This list represents a wide range of college basketball's top players and we look forward to honoring the legacy of Mr. Cousy with this year's award winner."

    "Bob is one of the great players in the history of basketball and his point guard ability was well ahead of his time," said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award. "This award recognizes his incredible talents from the past while also honoring the best in today's game. We look forward to honoring this year's award winner come April."

    Walker currently leads the BIG EAST and the nation in scoring at 28.1 points per game. Walker has led the Huskies to an 8-0 start and a No. 4 ranking in the latest polls.

    This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by January 3rd, final 10 by February 3rd, and final five by March 3rd. A Hall of Fame appointed screening committee will be narrowing down the candidates from 20 to 10 to 5 prior to a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee evaluating the final five candidates and ultimately choosing the winner. Both of the Hall of Fame committee's are 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 presented 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 Candidates

    Aaron Johnson UAB AJ Rompza UCF AJ Walton Baylor University Alec Burks University of Colorado Alex Tucker Florida Atlantic University Brandon Knight University of Kentucky Brendan McKillop Davidson College Brock Young East Carolina University Bruce Ellington South Carolina Bryan Dougher Stony Brook University Cameron Wells The Citadel Casper Ware Long Beach State Chaisson Allen Northeastern University Chris Warren Ole Miss Chris Wroblewski Cornell University Corey Fisher Villanova University DeAndre Brown Louisiana Tech Demetri McCamey University of Illinois Demontez Stitt Clemson University Derek Needham Fairfield University Derwin Kitchen Florida State University Devin Gibson UTSA Devon Moore James Madison University Diante Garrett Iowa State University DJ Cooper Ohio University DJ Gay San Diego State University Hank Thorns TCU Isaiah Thomas University of Washington Jacob Pullen Kansas State University Jay Threatt Delaware State Jimmer Fredette BYU Joe Jakubowski Bowling Green State Joey Rodriguez VCU John Ashworth IUPUI Jordan Callahan Tulane University Jordan Taylor University of Wisconsin Juan Fernandez Temple University Julyan Stone UTEP Junard Hartley Campbell University Juwan Staten University of Dayton Kalin Lucas Michigan State University Keegan Bell Chattanooga Keiton Page Oklahoma State University Kemba Walker University of Connecticut Kevin Anderson Richmond Kevin White Maryland Eastern Shore Kwadzo Ahelegbe Northern Iowa Kyrie Irving Duke University Lewis Jackson Purdue University Malcolm Delaney Virginia Tech Marquis Jones University of Rhode Island Michael Dixon Jr. University of Missouri Mickey McConnell Saint Mary's College Mike Williams Western Carolina Nolan Smith Duke University Norris Cole Cleveland State University O.J. Avworo Navy Phil Pressey University of Missouri Randy Davis Ball State University Reggie Moore Washington State Scott Machado Iona College Talor Battle Penn State Tu Holloway Xavier University Tyshawn Taylor University of Kansas Zac Swansey Tennessee Tech University Zack Rosen University of Pennsylvania

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