SPRINGFIELD, MA - For the second consecutive year, College of Charleston senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) was named to the watch list of candidates for the prestigious 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday.
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 were nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.
The 6-foot-1 team captain and 2012 London Olympian, became the first CofC men's basketball player in program history to earn a spot on an Olympic Team roster this past summer. He helped his native Great Britain to its first-ever Olympic win over China in tournament pool play. Lawrence was the youngest member of the squad and one of only two current collegians to earn a spot on the roster of the 12 Olympic-qualifying countries. A 2012 NABC Division I All-District 22 Team and 2013 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team selection, he currently leads the Cougars in scoring averaging 13.0 points per game and ranks ninth all-time in career three-pointers made (163) in the school record books. Last year, he finished No. 31 nationally in assists per game (5.5 avg.) and No. 57 in steals per game (1.9 avg.).
"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."
This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around Jan. 1, 2013, final 10 near Feb. 1, 2013, and final five by approximately March 1, 2013. 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 as part of 2013 NCAA Final Four weekend in Atlanta.
"The Bob 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 legacy."
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law IV (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 Award, log onto: www.CousyAward.com.