COLUMBIA — Missouri junior guard Phil Pressey was chosen as one of 12 finalists on the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy National Point Guard of the Year Award.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics player Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. An original list of 80 candidates was trimmed down to a watch list of 12 student-athletes.
Pressey leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks No. 7 nationally in assists this season (7.2) and is closing in on Missouri’s all-time assist record. The preseason SEC Player of the Year, Pressey has averaged 8.5 assists in his last 11 games, highlighted by his 19-point, 19-assist game at UCLA on Dec. 28, the top assist effort by a high major conference college basketball player since 2000.
Pressey is currently third on the Missouri roster in scoring at 12.1 points per game and holds the school record five point-assist double-doubles. He also holds the school-best 12 double-figure assist games in his tenure.
Beginning Thursday at noon via the Bob Cousy Award’s website, www.cousyaward.com, fans will be able to vote for the top point guard. The player that receives the most votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run from Feb. 7 to March 7.