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Wise a Finalist for Bob Cousy Award
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 05, 2010
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Jan. 5, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Nic Wise has been named a finalist for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The list is comprised of 20 NCAA Division I student-athletes, who are vying for the honor of the nation's top point guard. Wise is one of two Pac-10 players on the list.

Wise, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound, senior guard from Houston, Texas, is averaging 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 14 appearances this year. He shoots 40.5 percent (64-of-158) from the field, including 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from behind the arc, to go with 92.6 percent (63-of-68) from the free throw line.

Wise ranks eighth among Pac-10 players in scoring, seventh in assists and seventh in assist:turnover ratio (1.7). To date, he has scored in double figures nine times, while collecting five or more rebounds and assists four and five times, respectively. Wise just passed the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

The list of candidates will be pared down to 10 on Feb. 1 before the final five candidates are announced on March 1. Appointed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the award's voting committee includes media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.

Now in its seventh year, the winner of the Bob Cousy Award will be announced on Monday, April 5, as part of the Final Four festivities in Indianapolis.