April 3, 2008
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that D.J. Augustin of Texas has won the 2008 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford, an honor presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. He was chosen from a pool of over 50 top candidates and 16 finalists from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions across the country. It the second consecutive year that the winner came from the Big 12, after Acie Law of Texas A&M was selected last season.
Augustin was selected by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee comprised of 30 members made up of coaches, Hall of Famers, sports information directors and media from around the country. Mr. Cousy will present Augustin with the award during a press conference at the Marriott River Walk hotel in San Antonio on Monday, April 7 at 11 a.m. (central).
The sophomore guard followed a stellar freshman year with another tremendous season leading the Texas Longhorns to a 26-6 regular season record, a share of the Big 12 Conference title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He led the Big 12 in assists (5.8 apg) and ranked second in the league in scoring (19.2 ppg). Augustin recorded better than a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, averaged 1.2 steals, played more than 37 minutes per contest and shot 77.9 percent from the free throw line.
Augustin has been named All-America First Team by every major organization. He is also one of five finalists for the Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Off the court, Augustin was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. To be nominated for Academic All-America, a player must be a starter or an important reserve and carry at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on a scale of 4.0. Augustin is an education major and earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester. He currently holds a cumulative 3.64 GPA.
"The Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford has established itself as one of college basketball's premier awards" said John L. Doleva, Hall of Fame President & CEO. "Mr. Cousy has set a standard for the point guard position which is represented with this award. Leadership, vision and integrity are just a few of the traits that each of these finalists has demonstrated both on and off the court."
"Just like these players demonstrate on the basketball court, The Hartford and its network of independent agents represent leadership, vision, teamwork and integrity in the insurance industry," said Dan Brown, Executive Vice President of The Hartford's Sales and Distribution. "We're honored to be part of a growing tradition that supports these values, and we congratulate D.J. Augustin for his tremendous accomplishments."
Cousy, also known as "Mr. Basketball," is considered the prototype of point guards and was a freshman on the Holy Cross team that won the NCAA Championship in 1947. He was a pioneer in the NBA, famous for bringing a `flashy' style of passing and showmanship to the game. Named one of the Top 50 Players in NBA History, Cousy led the Boston Celtics to championships in 1957 and 1959 through 1963. Cousy led the NBA in assists for eight consecutive years (1953-1960) and played in 13 straight All-Star games. After his retirement from professional basketball he was a successful coach at Boston College from 1963 to 1969, with an overall record of 117 wins and 38 losses.
"If basketball is an art form," noted Cousy, "it primarily resides in the artistry, creativity, imagination and development of the nuances of the position by a genuine point guard such as John Stockton or Jason Kidd." Cousy was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.
BOB COUSY AWARD PRESENTED BY THE HARTFORD WINNERS
2008 - D.J. Augustin, University of Texas
2007 - Acie Law, Texas A&M University
2006 - Dee Brown, University of Illinois
2005 - Raymond Felton, University of North Carolina
2004 - Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's University