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Jackson, Smart Named Cousy Award Watch List Finalists
January 10, 2013
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Baylor senior Pierre Jackson and Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart have been selected as two of 20 finalists for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, as announced 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.

A Las Vegas, Nev., native, Jackson leads the Big 12 and ranks 21st nationally with 19.8 points per game. He is also second in the Big 12 and 19th in the nation with 6.3 assists per contest - ranking as the nation's only player in the top 25 in scoring and assists per game. Jackson has the Big 12 Conference's longest active streak with 22 consecutive games scoring in double figures, averaging 18.9 points and 6.3 assists during the streak. His active string of 26 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal made is the fifth-longest streak in Baylor history.

Smart, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, has helped Oklahoma State to an 11-3 start. The dynamic freshman ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring (14.3 ppg) and leads the conference in steals (39). He is also fifth in assists with 4.8 per game and is in the top 20 for rebounding with 5.7 per contest. He has connected on 79.0 percent of his free throws and scored in double digits in all but three outings.

The watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 10 in early February, and final five will be selected in early March. A 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. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

The Big 12 has had two previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award - D.J. Augustin (Texas) in 2007-08 and Acie Law (Texas A&M) in 2006-07.

2013 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Mark Lyons, Arizona
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Ray McCallum, Detroit-Mercy
Quinn Cook, Duke
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Trey Burke, Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Erick Green, Virginia Tech

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