SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – California senior guard Justin Cobbs has been selected to the preseason watch list for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
This watch list of 50 candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. The selection committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference. For more information on the Bob Cousy Award and the complete watch list, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
Cobbs, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, enters his senior season as the conference’s active career assist leader with 327 assists in only 67 games over two seasons at Cal. The guard, who transferred from Minnesota following his freshman collegiate season, owns a 4.9 career assist-per-game average, which ranks fourth all-time at Cal. He finished among the Pac-12 leaders in scoring (10th, 15.1 ppg.), assists (4th, 4.8 apg.), free throw percentage (4th, .841) and assist-to-turnover ratio (6th, 1.5) last season. His .822 career free-throw percentage is seventh-best in school history entering his senior season.
Cobbs started all 33 games last season for the Golden Bears’ 21-12 squad that finished second in the Pac-12 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. He led Cal (or tied) in scoring eight times with double-figures in the scoring column in 28 contests. Cobbs averaged 6.0 assists over his final eight games of the season. The guard earned a pair of Pac-12 Player of the Week honors also taking home Most Outstanding Player laurels of the DirecTV Classic after leading Cal to the tournament crown. Cobbs hit the game-winning shot with 0.7 second left at No. 23 Oregon and posted a game-high 18 points, including final five points in one-point win at Oregon State two days later to earn his second conference player of the week nod.
“The Hall of Fame is proud to work with Mr. Cousy and honor the best point guards playing in college basketball right now,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This list represents some of the top student-athletes from across the country. We are truly honored to be a part of this award.”
“The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and teamwork, all skills needed not only on the hardwood but also 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 continues to be an inspiration to basketball players on and off the court.”
Cal will host Humboldt State in an exhibition contest on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. (PT) before opening the regular season against Coppin State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. (PT) in Berkeley in the second game of a double-header with the women’s basketball team.