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Shane Larkin on Cousy Award Watch list for best PG

This was just released by the UM athletic department: Larkin Named 2013 Bob Cousy Award Candidate Sophomore averaging 14.8 points, 4.1 assists in 8 games.

Mike Ehrmann

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Miami sophomore point guard Shane Larkin has been named to the 2013 Bob Cousy Award watch list, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday. Larkin is one of seven ACC point guards on the watch list.

The Cousy Award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball. More than 80 candidates were nominated for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.

Through eight games, Larkin is averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 assists in 35.4 minutes, while shooting 55 percent from the floor (44-of-80), 51.7 percent from 3-point range (15-of-29) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (15-of-18).

The watch list of candidates will be narrowed down over the next three months; the final 20 is slated to be announced Jan. 1, while the final 10 will be unveiled Feb. 1. The final five Cousy Award candidates will be announced by March 1. A premier 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. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented in Atlanta during NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A&M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (UConn) and Kendall Marshall (North Carolina).

Riding a six-game win streak, the Miami Hurricanes resume play Saturday at the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Miami (7-1) opens against host Hawai`i on ESPNU at 12:30 a.m. ET (Dec. 23)/7:30 p.m. HST (Dec. 22).

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