Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass -- Sophomore Siyani Chambers has been named one of 23 watch list finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. The original watch list of 80 candidates, which was announced in October and also included senior Brandyn Curry, was narrowed down to the list of 20 by a nationally based committee.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Monday, March 10, fans from around the country will have the chance to vote for the top point guard in college basketball by clicking the link above. The current listing of 23 finalists 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. Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included 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), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and last year's recipient Trey Burke (Michigan).
Chambers joins Jeremy Lin '10 and Penn's Zach Rosen '12 as one of only three point guards in Ivy League history to be named a watch list finalist for the award.
Chambers was a unanimous selection as the Ancient Eight's Rookie of the Year in 2013 and became the first freshman in conference history to be named first team All-Ivy League. This season, Chambers has helped the Crimson to a 20-4 overall record and a 7-1 start in league play. The Golden Valley, Minn., ranks second in the Ivy League in assists (4.3), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), third in minutes played (34.7), seventh in steals (1.3), 10th in three point percentage (39.6), and is 16th in scoring (11.0).
Chambers boasts three games this season of 20 or more points, including a 27-point outburst versus Vermont. The sophomore shot 9-of-10 from the field that day and was a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond-the-arc, tying the program record for most makes from deep without a miss. His 27 points, meanwhile, represented the highest point total for any member of the Crimson since November of 2010.
Chambers also went for a game-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 5-of-7 from three, while battling fellow Cousy Award Watch List Finalist Shabazz Napier at UConn. He nearly turned in a double-double with 19 points and nine dimes at Fordham, and was named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team after averaging 10.3 ppg and 4.7 apg in wins over Denver, Green Bay and TCU.
The 6-0 guard earned back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Week honors following his performances against Vermont and Fordham.