Feb. 7, 2011
Vote For IsaiahThomas for Cousy Award (starting Feb. 8)
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Washington junior point guard Isaiah Thomas is one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, it was announced on Monday. The award is given out annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy.
Through 22 games, Thomas (Tacoma, Wash./Curtis HS & South Kent Prep) is averaging a team-high 16.5 points and 5.8 assists per game. His assist total leads the Pac-10 Conference and he ups his average to 7.6 per game in league action.
The 5-foot-9 guard has dished out 5 or more assists in 10 staight games, including back-to-back games with 13 and 10 at Cal and vs. Arizona. He was just the second Husky with 10 or more assists in consecutive games and was the first NCAA player since Juan Barea of Northeastern in 2006 with two-straight games with at least 20 points and 10 assists.
In addition to distributing the ball, Thomas continues to score at an unparalleled pace in Washington history. He moved into the UW top-10 scoring list this past week and is 10th all-time with 1,497 points with one full season of eligibility remaining. His 16.5 ppg ranks fourth in the Pac-10 Conference.
He has also upped his defensive skills and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with 1.4 steals per game.
An original list of 70 plus candidates made up of players from around the country was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20 and has now narrowed that list to a final ten.
"This final list of ten players represents the best of the best in college basketball at the point guard position," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "We look forward to recognizing the nation's top college basketball point guard and wish all the candidates best of luck."
Beginning February 8, via the Bob Cousy Award's website - www.cousyaward.com - fans will be able to vote for the top point guard. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run one month - beginning February 8 and will conclude March 8.
The current listing of ten finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to five players by March 10th. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. 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 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston, Texas as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
2011 Bob Cousy Award Finalists:
Norris Cole, Cleveland State
Corey Fisher, Villanova
Jimmer Fredette, BYU
DJ Gay, San Diego State
Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Mickey McConnell, St. Mary's
Nolan Smith, Duke
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
Kemba Walker, Connecticut