DURHAM, N.C. - Duke sophomore point guard Quinn Cook was announced as a nominee for the Bob Cousy Award, an honor presented annually by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame to the top point guard in the nation.
Cook has directed a Duke to an 11-0 record and the No. 1 national ranking in his first season as a starter. A native of Bowie, Md., Cook is averaging an ACC-leading 6.3 assists per game to go with 10.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He directs a Duke offense that features five players averaging in double figures and is a key piece of a Duke defense that is surrendering the sixth few assists per game in the nation.
Cook has scored in double figures four times this season and is shooting a team-leading 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from three-point range. His 2.33:1 assist-to-turnover ratio is the sixth best in the ACC, while his 1.6 steals also ranks among the league's top 10.
Cook is one of 85 candidates for the Cousy Award and one of seven ACC players on the list.
"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."
The list will be trimmed to 20 in January, 10 in February and the final five in March. 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.
Duke Sports Information Dept.