Canisius College senior guard Billy Baron has been named to the watch list of candidates for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.
Baron is one of 50 players from across the nation to be named to this year’s watch list, which will be narrowed down to a final 20 candidates in early February, and then a final five players in March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review candidates in contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. This 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.
“The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination and teamwork, all skills needed not only on the hardwood, but also in life,” Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) said. “Mr. Cousy exemplified all of these traits and continues to be an inspiration to basketball players on and off the court.”
Baron, the 2013-14 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, led Canisius in scoring last season with his 17.2 points per game, and his 5.0 assists per game led the MAAC. In his first year with the Golden Griffin program, Baron was a key piece in helping the Blue and Gold secure their first 20-win campaign since 2000-01, and he helped guide the team to the quarterfinal round of the CIT, Canisius’ first postseason appearance since 1996. His 584 points scored last season are the most for a Canisius player in the last 28 years and he is the first Griff since 1984-85 to score 30 or more points in three different games, highlighted by his career-high 33 point effort at Niagara. Baron finished the 2013-14 season ranked 78th nationally in scoring average, 62nd in assists per game and 126th in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A&M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and last year’s recipient, Trey Burke (Michigan). For more information on the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, log onto www.CousyAward.com.Canisius will open the 110th season in school history on Monday, Nov. 11, when the Blue and Gold hosts South Dakota in the Koessler Athletic Center. Tipoff time is set for 7 p.m.