NC State junior Lorenzo Brown has been selected as one of 12 finalists for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today.
Brown leads the ACC with a 6.9 assists per game average and his 2.1 steals per game is second in the league. Brown also ranks among the conference’s leading scorers with an average of 12.7 points per game (19th in the ACC) and a team-best 33.8 minutes per contest.
Brown needs six assists to become only the third player in school history to record 500 in his Wolfpack career. He is the ACC’s active assists leader with 494 - 127 more assists than Miami’s Durand Scott, who ranks second. Earlier this season, Brown became the 48th player in NC State annals to score 1,000 career points.
This year, Brown has notched six double-doubles, including a 12-point, 13-assist performance in the Pack’s 84-76 upset of then top-ranked Duke on Jan. 12. He recorded every assist in the game, marking the only the third time since 1996-97 that a team tallied more than 10 assists with every one credited to the same player.
Starting at 1 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Feb. 7, fans can go to www.cousyaward.com and vote for Brown. The player receiving the most fan votes will get one vote toward the final committee vote. The fan balloting will last a month (Feb. 7-March 7).
The annual honor is named for Boston Celtic Hall of Famer Bob Cousy. The original list of 80 players was trimmed down to 12 finalists by a national panel of voters. The 12 finalists will be pared down to a final five on March 11 and presented to the Hall of Fame committee for a vote.
The recipient of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s class announcement on Championship Monday of the Final Four in Atlanta.