Brandyn Curry has made 21 steals this season (Scott Cunningham).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior guard Brandyn Curry of the Harvard men’s basketball team has been selected as a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., announced today.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. Almost 60 candidates have been nominated for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award.
This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final twenty by Jan. 1, final ten by Feb. 1, and final five by March 1. A premier Selection Committee will be 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 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Curry, who hails from Huntersville, N.C., is the driving force of Harvard’s offense as the team’s point guard, while also serving as one of the top defenders in the Ivy League. An Academic All-Ivy League and All-Ancient Eight second team choice last season, Curry leads the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (2.7) and is second in the conference in steals (2.1 per game) and fourth in assists (4.6 per contest).
Curry, who was named to the College Sports Madness and Rivals.com Preseason All-Ivy League squads prior to this season, is averaging 6.2 points per game and has handed out five or more assists in six contests this year. He ranks third on the Crimson with eight blocks and is averaging 28.8 minutes per game.
The junior point guard has helped Harvard to a 9-1 start, the best for the Crimson since the 1984-85 campaign. Harvard won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament last month and earned the first national ranking in program history Dec. 5, as the Crimson was ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 25 in the AP poll. In addition, Harvard has won 19 straight home games, the ninth longest streak in the country.
“The Hall of Fame is honored to be working with Mr. Cousy once again to present this prestigious award,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The list of candidates include the top players from across the country that have shown the same leadership, hard work and determination that Mr. Cousy exemplified on the court for many years. We are excited to honor his legacy with the winner of this year’s award.”
“Bob was an extraordinary all-around basketball player, he was a fierce competitor and a great leader,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “With this award we want to continue to honor his legacy and make certain that the best collegiate point guards are appropriately recognized.”
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), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and last year’s recipient Kemba Walker (Connecticut). For more information on the 2012 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.