Dec. 21, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Mark Lyons has been named to the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award, which was announced Thursday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The list includes 85 student-athletes who are among consideration for the nation's top collegiate point guard award.
A 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior from Schenectady, N.Y., Lyons is averaging 13.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in nine starts this season. He's scored in double figures seven times and twice this year has passed out five or more assists, including a season-high seven against Oral Roberts on Dec. 18.
He ranks among the Pac-12 Conference leaders in scoring (13.9 ppg/14th), free throw percentage (.865/3rd), assists (3.0 apg/15th), three-point field goal percentage (.415/6th) and assist:turnover ratio (1.1:1/14th).
Through nine games, Arizona is averaging 16.6 assists per game and has had an assist credited on nearly two-thirds of its collective field goals (149-of-234).
The watch list will be narrowed down to 20 around Jan. 1, 10 near Feb. 1 and final five near March 1. 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.
Now in its 10th year, the winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on April 8 in Atlanta as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend.
The fourth-ranked Wildcats are next in action on Saturday, Dec. 22, against East Tennessee State in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. HST and can be seen on ESPNU.
2013 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Player School 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 North Carolina 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 Saint 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