NC State men’s basketball freshman Dennis Smith Jr. was selected as one of 10 finalists for this year’s Bob Cousy Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.
The Cousy Award honors the top point guard in college basketball.
Smith has lived up to the preseason billing that saw him named the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year. Smith currently averages 19.0 points, 6.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. He ranks fifth in the ACC in scoring and leads the conference in assists and steals. The Fayetteville, N.C., native is on pace to become the second freshmen in ACC history to lead the conference in assists and steals.
Smith leads all ACC freshmen in scoring, assists, steals, assist-to-turnover ratio (2.07) and minutes played per game (33.7).
Smith joins UNC-Chapel Hill’s Joel Berry as the only ACC players to be named finalists.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for the 2017 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. The winner of the 2017 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards, presented by Wendy’s, live from The Novo by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 7, 2017. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Tyler Ulis, Kentucky (2016), Delon Wright, Utah (2015), Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).