CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina sophomore Marcus Paige is among 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given annunally to the nation's top point guard. The original watch list of 80 candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 23 by a nationally based committee appointed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former Tar Heels Raymond Felton (2005), Ty Lawson (2009) and Kendall Marshall (2012) are among the previous winners of the award. Carolina is the only school with three Cousy Award winners.
"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 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.