On Monday afternoon, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, an accolade given to the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
The award is named after Cousy, who is also known as the “Houdini of the Hardwood.” He played college basketball at Holy Cross, where he was a three-time All-American and a NCAA champion in 1947. He went on to be drafted third overall in the 1950 NBA Draft and would gain a reputation of being one of the top playmakers in the league, leading the NBA in dimes for eight straight seasons. Along the way, he would team up with Bill Russell and Boston would see the Cousy-Russell tandem lead the way to six NBA championships when they were together.
Cousy was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971, and this award has been given out since 2004. The most recent recipient was Kansas’ Frank Mason III.
No Villanovan has won the award, and Jalen Brunson will seek to be the first. The junior point guard is one of 20 named to the preseason watch list.
Last season, Brunson averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists. He shot 54.1 percent on the floor.
He is one of two Big East players on the list, with the other being Providence’s Kyron Cartwright.
Here is a list of all 20 point guards:
Collin Sexton, Fr. — Alabama
Manu Lecomte, RS Sr. —Baylor
Jalen Adams, Jr. — Connecticut
Trevon Duval, Fr. — Duke
Jordan Bohannon, So. — Iowa
Devonte’ Graham, Sr. — Kansas
Quentin Snider, Sr. — Louisville
Nate Mason, Sr. — Minnesota
Joel Berry II, Sr. — North Carolina
Bryant McIntosh, Sr. — Northwestern
Matt Farrell, Sr. — Notre Dame
Trae Young, Fr. — Oklahoma
Kyron Cartwright, Sr. — Providence
Shake Milton, Jr. -- SMU
Jaylen Adams, Sr. — St. Bonaventure
Jordan McLaughlin, Sr. — USC
Jalen Brunson, Jr. — Villanova
Bryant Crawford, Jr. — Wake Forest
Jevon Carter, Sr. — West Virginia
Landry Shamet, RS So. — Wichita St.