Burton Named To Cousy Award Watch List

Deont Burton has been named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list.

Dec. 20, 2012

University of Nevada junior point guard Deonte Burton has been named to the 2013 Bob Cousy Award Watch list.  Honors are nothing new to Burton who was the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore after being named the 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year in his first season at Nevada.  

Last season he earned AP Honorable Mention All-America honors after helping the Wolf Pack to a WAC title and quarterfinal appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.  In addition he was selected to the NABC District 6 first-team last season after the Pack went 28-7 and 13-1 in conference play.  The team MVP a year ago he was a three-time WAC Player of the Week selection and has garnered the honor once in the MW this season.

Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season Burton was named to the Mountain West Preseason Media Team.  He was one of four juniors and four guards on the five man squad.    He is the only player on the squad that did not play in the MW last season.

The junior was also named the most under-the-radar player CBSSports and ranked as the 35th best point guard by CBSSports.com.  Currently he leads Nevada in scoring at 18 points per game which is fifth in the MW.  

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the watch list of candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. Over 80 candidates have been nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.

“The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This list represents a large range of college basketball’s top student athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these players for their continuous hard work and dedication.”

“The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and teamwork, all skills needed on the basketball court and in life,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “Mr. Cousy exemplified all of these traits, and inspired so many people on and off the court. We hope that this coveted award continues to honor his legacy.”

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around January 1st, final 10 near February 1st, and final five by approximately March 1st. A premier Selection Committee has been 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 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

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), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

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2013 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Player Name    School Name
Jahii Carson    Arizona State University
Pierre Jackson    Baylor University
Kerron Johnson    Belmont University
Rotnei Clarke    Butler University
Kwame Vaughn    Cal State Fullerton
Trey Freeman    Campbell University
Andrew Lawrence    College of Charleston
Brian Barbour    Columbia University
JP Kuhlman    Davidson College
Frantz Massenat    Drexel University
Quinn Cook    Duke University
Miguel Paul    East Carolina University
Derek Needham    Fairfield University
Montay Brandon    Florida State University
Devonta White    Georgia State University
Kevin Pangos    Gonzaga University
Siyani Chambers    Harvard University
Jordan Hulls    Indiana University
Jake Odum    Indiana State University
Korie Lucious    Iowa State University
Devon Moore    James Madison University
Tyreek Duren    La Salle University
C.J. McCollum     Lehigh University
Mackey McKnight    Lehigh University
Anthony Ireland    Loyola Marymount University
Cully Payne    Loyola University Chicago
Michael Alvarado    Manhattan College
Keith Appling    Michigan State University
Isaiah Canaan    Murray State University
Lorenzo Brown    NC State University
Juan'ya Green    Niagara University
Stallon Saldivar    Northern Arizona University
Aaron Craft    Ohio State University
D.J. Cooper    Ohio University
Marcus Smart    Oklahoma State University
Ahmad Starks    Oregon State University
Dylan Garrity    Sacramento State
Kwamain Mitchell    Saint Louis University
Mike McCall Jr.    Saint Louis University
Xavier Thames    San Diego State
Evan Roquemore    Santa Clara University
Nate Wolters    South Dakota State University
Neil Watson    Southern Mississippi
Matthew Dellavedova    St. Mary's College
Chasson Randle    Stanford University
Anthony Jackson    Stony Brook University
Michael Carter-Williams    Syracuse University
Kyan Anderson    TCU
Johnathan Jordan    Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Ricky Tarrant    Tulane University
Anthony Marshall     UNLV
Trevor Releford    University of Alabama
Mark Lyons    University of Arizona
BJ Young     University of Arkansas
Justin Cobbs    University of California
Spencer Dinwiddie    University of Colorado
Shabazz Napier    University of Connecticut
Kevin Dillard    University of Dayton
Ray McCallum    University of Detroit Mercy
Troy Taylor    University of Evansville
Kenny Boynton    University of Florida
Scottie Wilbekin    University of Florida
Elijah Johnson    University of Kansas
Peyton Siva    University of Louisville
Pe’Shon Howard    University of Maryland
Chaz Williams    University of Massachusetts
Shane Larkin    University of Miami
Trey Burke    University of Michigan
Andre Hollins    University of Minnesota
Phil Pressey    University of Missouri
Deonte Burton    University of Nevada
Hugh Greenwood    University of New Mexico
Kendall Williams    University of New Mexico
Dexter Strickland    University of North Carolina
Eric Atkins    University of Notre Dame
Tray Woodall    University of Pittsburgh
Bruce Ellington    University of South Carolina
LaShay Page    University of South Carolina
Anthony Collins    University of South Florida
Trae Golden    University of Tennessee
Abdul Gaddy    University of Washington
Erick Green    Virginia Tech University
Trey Sumler    Western Carolina University
Malcolm Armstead    Wichita State University
Kendrick Perry    Youngstown State University



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