Chaz Williams Named As A Bob Cousy Award Finalist
Feb. 17, 2014
Massachusetts senior Chaz Williams has been named a finalist for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native leads UMass in scoring at 15.4 points per game and ranks third in the country with 7.3 assists. He also averages 1.4 steals per game and has a 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.
His UMass totals are now 1,521 points, 656 assists and 182 steals. He is 22 assists shy of tying Chris Lowe's school record of 688 assists. In his four-year college career, Williams has 1,846 points, 794 assists and 236 steals.
Complete release from the Basketball Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 23 watch list finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The original watch list of 80 candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 23 by a nationally based committee.
"The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful point guards in college basketball," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process."
"The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the
game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player," said
Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association
of Basketball Coaches (NABC). "All of these young men are on this list because they deserve
to be competing for this well-respected award."
Beginning Tuesday February 18th through Monday March 10th, fans from around the country will have the chance to vote for the top point guard in college basketball - fan voting begins on www.cousyaward.com at 10:00AM EST. The current listing of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed down to five players by early March. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. The Hall of Fame committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Hall of Famers and Sports Information Directors. The winner of the 2014 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in North Texas as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included 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), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and last year's recipient Trey Burke (Michigan). For more information on the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
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