Williams Named Cousy Watch List Finalist

Jan. 10, 2013

Springfield, Mass. - Kendall Williams, UNM's leader in points, assists, steals, and author of the game-winning three-pointer in last night's 65-60 win over nationally-ranked UNLV has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame final watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The award is named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and recognizes the top point guard in men's college basketball.

Williams is the only Mountain West player on the list of 20 finalists for the award, which according the John : Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame "Embodies 20 o fthe natikon's most elite and dominant point guards in college basketball."

Williams, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., leads the Lobos in points, assists, and steals, averaging 14.6 points, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He is also averaging 3.6 rebounds per contest as the Lobos are 14-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Mountain West. He has also helped the team at the line as well, shooting 81.8 percent from the charity stripe.

Williams is one of four players in the west on the list, along with Arizona State's Jahii Carson, Arizona's Mark Lyons, and Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos. Williams is one of 12 finalists to lead his team in to the current AP Top 25 as well.

This list of candidates will be narrowed down to 10 players in early February, and the final five in March. 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 at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.