McCamey One of 20 Finalists for Cousy Award
Jan. 13, 2011
Champaign, Ill. - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. has announced 20 finalists for the 2011 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 Celtic great Bob Cousy.
Illini senior Demetri McCamey is a finalist for the Cousy Award. McCamey leads the Illini in scoring, averaging 15.8 points, and ranks fourth in the nation in assists, averaging 7.1 apg. He has scored in double figures in all but one game, with five 20-point performances, and has been the Illini's leading scorer in nine of 17 contests. McCamey has improved his field goal percentage as well, shooting 51 percent from the floor and 54 percent from 3-point range, ranking second in the Big Ten.
"This list makes up college basketball's elite at the point guard position," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "These 20 players in contention for the award all have skills that Mr. Cousy would be proud of. The Hall of Fame looks forward to having these players compete for one of college basketball's most prestigious awards."
"We are pleased with our list of 20 candidates that have advanced into the next round of the process," said Ken Kauffman, Chair of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award. "We've got a very competitive field of players in contention for the award and we look forward to moving into the next phase. All of these players are well deserving of the recognition."
The current listing of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to 10 players by February 3rd and then to five players by March 3rd. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. This Hall of Fame committee is 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 CousyAward.com.
Bob Cousy Award Finalists