SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Arizona guard T.J. McConnell was one of 50 players named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award on Tuesday in an announcement by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
A junior who sat out the 2012-13 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, McConnell averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game in two seasons at Duquesne from 2011-12. He shot .504 from the floor during his time with the Dukes, and his 2.50 assist-to-turnover ratio during the 2010-11 season was the sixth-highest by a freshman in NCAA history.
The Pittsburgh native ranked third nationally in steals per game as a sophomore and fourth as a freshman at Duquesne. He was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 2011 and a third-team All-Atlantic 10 pick as a sophomore.
The list of candidates for the Cousy Award will be narrowed to 20 in early February, then to a final five in March. The award will be presented on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 announcement. Previous winners include Raymond Felton, DJ Augustin, Ty Lawson, Greivis Vasquez, Kemba Walker and Trey Burke.
The fifth-ranked Wildcats will take one more step toward their 2013-14 season opener when they host Augustana in exhibition action on Monday at 7 p.m. MST. Pac-12 Networks will televise the action, while fans can tune into the Arizona IMG Sports Network for the radio call.For all the latest information on Arizona men’s basketball, follow @APlayersProgram on Twitter.