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Lawrence Named Bob Cousy Award Candidate

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          Release: 12/20/2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - For the second consecutive year, College of Charleston senior point guard Andrew Lawrence (London, England) was named to the watch list of candidates for the prestigious 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. Over 80 candidates were nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.

The 6-foot-1 team captain and 2012 London Olympian, became the first CofC men's basketball player in program history to earn a spot on an Olympic Team roster this past summer. He helped his native Great Britain to its first-ever Olympic win over China in tournament pool play. Lawrence was the youngest member of the squad and one of only two current collegians to earn a spot on the roster of the 12 Olympic-qualifying countries. A 2012 NABC Division I All-District 22 Team and 2013 Preseason All-Southern Conference Team selection, he currently leads the Cougars in scoring averaging 13.0 points per game and ranks ninth all-time in career three-pointers made (163) in the school record books. Last year, he finished No. 31 nationally in assists per game (5.5 avg.) and No. 57 in steals per game (1.9 avg.).

"The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This list represents a large range of college basketball's top student athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these players for their continuous hard work and dedication."

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around Jan. 1, 2013, final 10 near Feb. 1, 2013, and final five by approximately March 1, 2013. A premier selection committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday as part of 2013 NCAA Final Four weekend in Atlanta.

"The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and teamwork, all skills needed on the basketball court and 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 inspired so many people on and off the court. We hope that this coveted award continues to honor his legacy."

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law IV (Texas A&M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year's recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina). For more information on the 2013 Bob Cousy Award, log onto: www.CousyAward.com.

2013 BOB COUSY AWARD CANDIDATES

Jahii Carson                    Arizona State University

Pierre Jackson                 Baylor University

Kerron Johnson                Belmont University

Rotnei Clarke                  Butler University

Kwame Vaughn                Cal State Fullerton

Trey Freeman                  Campbell University

Andrew Lawrence                College of Charleston

Brian Barbour                   Columbia University

JP Kuhlman                     Davidson College

Frantz Massenat               Drexel University

Quinn Cook                     Duke University

Miguel Paul                      East Carolina University

Derek Needham                Fairfield University

Montay Brandon                Florida State University

Devonta White                  Georgia State University

Kevin Pangos                       Gonzaga University

Siyani Chambers                 Harvard University

Jordan Hulls                         Indiana University

Jake Odum                           Indiana State University

Korie Lucious                        Iowa State University

Devon Moore                       James Madison University

Tyreek Duren                       La Salle University

C.J. McCollum                     Lehigh University

Mackey McKnight               Lehigh University

Anthony Ireland                   Loyola Marymount University

Cully Payne                           Loyola University Chicago

Michael Alvarado                 Manhattan College

Keith Appling                      Michigan State University

Isaiah Canaan                       Murray State University

Lorenzo Brown                     NC State University

Juan'ya Green                      Niagara University

Stallon Saldivar                    Northern Arizona University

Aaron Craft                           Ohio State University

D.J. Cooper                          Ohio University

Marcus Smart                       Oklahoma State University

Ahmad Starks                       Oregon State University

Dylan Garrity                         Sacramento State

Kwamain Mitchell                Saint Louis University

Mike McCall Jr.                    Saint Louis University

Xavier Thames                     San Diego State

Evan Roquemore                 Santa Clara University

Nate Wolters                        South Dakota State University

Neil Watson                          Southern Mississippi

Matthew Dellavedova        St. Mary's College

Chasson Randle                   Stanford University

Anthony Jackson                 Stony Brook University

Michael Carter-Williams     Syracuse University

Kyan Anderson                    TCU

Johnathan Jordan               Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

Ricky Tarrant                         Tulane University

Anthony Marshall                 UNLV

Trevor Releford                    University of Alabama

Mark Lyons                            University of Arizona

BJ Young                              University of Arkansas

Justin Cobbs                        University of California

Spencer Dinwiddie             University of Colorado

Shabazz Napier                    University of Connecticut

Kevin Dillard                         University of Dayton

Ray McCallum                      University of Detroit Mercy

Troy Taylor                            University of Evansville

Kenny Boynton                    University of Florida

Scottie Wilbekin                  University of Florida

Elijah Johnson                      University of Kansas

Peyton Siva                           University of Louisville

Pe'Shon Howard                  University of Maryland

Chaz Williams                       University of Massachusetts

Shane Larkin                         University of Miami

Trey Burke                            University of Michigan

Andre Hollins                       University of Minnesota

Phil Pressey                           University of Missouri

Deonte Burton                     University of Nevada

Hugh Greenwood               University of New Mexico

Kendall Williams                  University of New Mexico

Dexter Strickland                 University of North Carolina

Eric Atkins                             University of Notre Dame

Tray Woodall                        University of Pittsburgh

Bruce Ellington                    University of South Carolina

LaShay Page                         University of South Carolina

Anthony Collins                   University of South Florida

Trae Golden                         University of Tennessee

Abdul Gaddy                       University of Washington

Erick Green                           Virginia Tech University

Trey Sumler                          Western Carolina University

Malcolm Armstead              Wichita State University

Kendrick Perry                     Youngstown State University

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