SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – California senior guard Justin Cobbs has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
Fans will have a chance to vote Cobbs as the nation’s top point guard Feb. 18 through March 10 by logging on to www.cousyaward.com. 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.
“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful point guards in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process.”
Cobbs is one of the nation’s assist leaders, averaging 6.0 assists per game. He ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference and 14th nationally. The senior, who is in his third season at Cal after transferring from Minnesota, is the Pac-12’s active career assist leader with 478 in 92 career games with the Golden Bears. He ranks fifth in school history in career assists, just 16 behind Jason Kidd (494 assists from 1992-94). His 5.2 apg. career average ranks third in school history.
An All-Pac-12 selection by the conference’s coaches each of his first two seasons with the Bears, Cobbs has climbed the school’s all-time scoring charts and currently ranks 17th with 1,325 points.
Cobbs is one of just four Golden Bears in school history with at least 1,300 points and 400 assists in his career, joining Jerome Randle (2007-10), Kevin Johnson (1984-87) and Keith Smith (1987-90). He has started the last 85 games at Cal and has registered at least five assists in 53 games with the Golden Bears.
The senior ranks second in the Pac-12 in assists (6.0 apg.), third in assist/turnover ratio (2.4), ninth in free throw percentage (.803), and 10th in scoring (16.0 ppg.). In league games, the guard is fourth in the Pac-12 with 18.1 ppg.
He has recorded seven 20-point games this season, including a career-best 31-point performance against Dayton in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational back in November en route to a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He has posted at least seven assists in a game 12 times this season, including 11 in a win at No. 13 Oregon in January.
A two-time Pac-12 Player of the Week selection this season, Cobbs captured the award on Jan. 13 and Feb. 3. He averaged a double-double (20.0 ppg. and 10.0 apg.) to go along with 5.5 rebounds per game in road wins at No. 13 Oregon and Oregon State in early January. Cobbs guided the Bears back from a 10-point halftime deficit at Oregon State with 20 second-half points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal all in the second period alone. He posted his first double-double of the season with 20 points and a season-high 11 assists at No. 13 Oregon. He also earned the award on Feb. 3 after averaging 20.0 points and 5.0 assists in Cal’s two games against No. 1 Arizona and Arizona State. He posted a game-high 19 points and seven assists against Arizona, hitting the game-winning shot with one second left. He scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half against Arizona, including all 12 of Cal’s points in the final 11 minutes of the game.
At Washington State two games ago, Cobbs scored all 22 of his points after halftime, including Cal's final 10 points of the second half, capped by his go-ahead layup and bonus free throw with less 26 seconds remaining. The senior then made five of six free throws in overtime and ended the game with a dunk at the buzzer to seal the win.
2014 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Jahii Carson Arizona State University
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga University
Siyani Chambers Harvard University
Yogi Ferrell Indiana University
DeAndre Kane Iowa State University
Jason Brickman LIU Brooklyn
Keith Appling Michigan State University
Aaron Craft Ohio State University
Marcus Smart Oklahoma State University
Xavier Thames San Diego State University
Tyler Ennis Syracuse University
T.J. McConnell University of Arizona
Justin Cobbs University of California
Kyle Anderson University of California, Los Angeles
Shabazz Napier University of Connecticut
Scottie Wilbekin University of Florida
Chaz Williams University of Massachusetts
Kendall Williams University of New Mexico
Marcus Paige University of North Carolina
Eric Atkins University of Notre Dame
James Robinson University of Pittsburgh
Juwan Staten West Virginia University
Fred VanVleet Wichita State University