This Christmas, as all basketball programs of the Colonial Athletic Association are home celebrating with family, three of the conference’s top point guards are receiving a very meaningful and well-deserved present.
This season, Drexel junior point guard, Frantz Massenat, James Madison senior point guard Devon Moore and Georgia State junior point guard, Devonta White were all named among the 85 candidates for the 2012-2013 Bob Cousy Award.
The Bob Cousy Award, which is annually presented to the nation’s top collegiate point guard, recognizes candidates from across all the divisions of collegiate basketball. It is sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
According to the award’s website, “The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard.”
The last nine winners of the award, from 2005-2012, have all gone on to play in the NBA. Some of those winners include Jameer Nelson, Ty Lawson and Kemba Walker.
This season, Massenat, the Preseason CAA Player of the Year, has averaged 13.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while playing a career-high 36.9 minutes in each contest. For the Dukes, Moore has scored 11.2 points, grabbed 3.7 rebounds and dished 4.6 assists per contest as his team has one 5 of their last 6 games. Lastly, White has put up impressive numbers as well, averaging 14.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in his own right.
Each of these electric point guards will that continued successful play will land them in the top 20 candidates that will be named in early January before the winner is announced at the Final Four.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.