DURHAM, N.C. - Duke senior guard Nolan Smith was one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award announced on Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The award is given annually to the nation's top point guard and is named for former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy.
Smith has put up impressive numbers in his final season, leading the ACC in scoring (21.0 ppg.) and assists (5.6 apg.) while ranking 12th and 27th nationally in the two categories. He leads the country with six games of at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists and is one of just four players nationally averaging over 20.0 points and 5.0 assists per game.
He has been even better in ACC games and has led the Blue Devils to an 8-1 start in conference play for first place in the standings. He is averaging 22.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game against ACC opponents while shooting .965 (55-of-57) from the free throw line.
Other finalists for the award include Norris Cole (Cleveland State), Corey Fisher (Villanova), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), DJ Gray (San Diego State), Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Demetri McCamey (Illinois), Mickey McConnell (St. Mary's), Isaiah Thomas (Washington) and Kemba Walker (Connecticut).
The winner of the award will be announced at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday, April 4 in Houston, Texas as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend.