Ohio State senior point guard Aaron Craft has been named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard.
“The Cousy Award screening committee took on the tough job of choosing from many talented point guards to determine this list of six players who represent the leadership skills that Bob Cousy exhibited,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Each of these candidates has consistently proven that they are worthy of this prestigious award.”
“It was a tough process to narrow down the list of already exceptional point guards to only six, but these six men deserve to be fighting for the award and recognized as some of the greatest point guards in college basketball,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “We are excited to see what these six can do for the remainder of the season and recognize the winner at the Final Four.”
Craft is averaging 9.7 points, 4.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game for the 24-8 Buckeyes.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Kendall Marshall (North Carolina),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), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient Trey Burke (Michigan).
This year's winner will be presented with the award at the Final Four in Dallas.
2014 Bob Cousy Award Six Finalists
- Kyle Anderson, UCLA
- Aaron Craft, Ohio State
- Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
- Shabazz Napier, UConn
- Marcus Paige, North Carolina
- Fred VanVleet, Wichita State