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SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the final six candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list of 73 candidates made up of players from Division I, II and III schools was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11 and now six candidates remain in consideration for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

“These final six players have truly separated themselves from the rest of the pack in college basketball,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our committee has worked hard to narrow the field down and we look forward to recognizing a winner that represents Bob Cousy’s passion and skill for the game.”

“We are so proud at The Hartford to play a part in this important program and offer congratulations to the six finalists,” said Kevin Connor, executive vice president and director of Hartford Life Distributors. “To make it to the final six in what is already a highly qualified slate of candidates is an extraordinary achievement.”

Each of the final six candidates will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, chaired by former NABC President and Hall of Fame Trustee Ken Kaufman. The Blue Ribbon Selection Committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford will be announced on April 1 with the award presentation coming at the Final Four on Monday April 5 as part of the Bob Cousy Award Breakfast and Basketball Hall of Fame Class Announcement.

2010 Bob Cousy Award Final Six
Sherron Collins – Kansas
Scottie Reynolds – Villanova
Jon Scheyer – Duke
Evan Turner – Ohio State
Greivis Vasquez – Maryland
John Wall – Kentucky

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  • Against ranked opponents, Turner averages 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, shoots 51 pct. from the field (69-135) has 36 assists and 11 steals.
  • One of 34 NCAA Division I players to record multiple triple-doubles in a single season.-ESPN
  • Became Ohio State’s 44th 1,000-point scorer with 16 points vs. St. Francis (Pa.) Nov. 28.
  • Started season with five-consecutive double-doubles, has 25 for his career, 14 in 2009-10. He is tied at the No. 12 spot at Ohio State for career D-Ds with Larry Huston (1957-59).
  • Two career games with 10 or more assists.
  • 68 games with 10 or more points and 23 games with 20 or more points … two 30+ games.
  • 26 career games with 10 or more rebounds.
  • Career 51 pct. shooter from the field (491-967).
  • Is just the 21st Ohio State player to record 1,000 career points (1,373) and 500 career rebounds (632). Only 17 previous players have recorded 600+ career rebounds.
  • One of two Ohio State players all-time to record 1,000+ points, 500+ rebounds and rank among the Top 10 in career steals (151) and assists (375). Jim Jackson, the 1992 National Player of the Year, is the other.
  • First Buckeye with five-consecutive double-doubles since Terence Dials in 2005-06…last Buckeye with six-consecutive D-Ds was Brad Sellers (streak of 9 D-Ds.) in 1985-86 from Dec. 5-Jan. 9.
  • First Buckeye with five-consecutive double-doubles to open a season since Clark Kellogg in 1980-81.
  • Named Big Ten Player of the Week 10 times over career, including first three weeks this season and seven total on the 2009-10 season. Surpassed Ohio State’s Jim Jackson and Purdue’s Glenn Robinson for career POW honors. The seven awards this season also breaks Robinson’s record of five in a single campaign. Each had seven career Big Ten POW awards.
  • First Big Ten Player to earn 3-consecutive player of the week honors since Purdue’s Carl Landry in 2009 and only second league player all-time with back-to-back-to-back honors.
  • Leads Big Ten in scoring (19.5 ppg.), rebounding (9.4 rpg.), defensive rebounds (7.4), No. 2 in assists (5.8), steals (1.8) and No. 5 in FG pct. (.538).
  • Currently No. 21 in career scoring, No. 15 in career rebounds, No. 8 in career assists and No. 7 in career steals at Ohio State.

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About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women. For more information on these and other upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hoophall.com or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA.