Felton One of 16 Finalists for PG Award

SPRINGFIELD, MA---North Carolina sophomore Raymond Felton, Chris Hernandez of top-ranked Stanford and Jameer Nelson of second ranked St. Joseph's are among 16 finalists for the inaugural Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Felton leads the ACC with 7.55 assists per game and is averaging 11.3 points per contest.

The award, which will recognize the best true point guard in all three NCAA Divisions (I, II, III), will be presented at a press conference at the Final Four in San Antonio on Monday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m. local time at the Marriott River Center.

The 16 finalists are: Timmy Bowers of Mississippi State, Tony Borghese of Otterbein, Antonio Burkes of Memphis, Michael Crotty of Williams, Travis Diener of Marquette, Eric Faber of Rollins, Felton, Marques Green of St. Bonaventure, Devin Harris of Wisconsin, Hernandez, Josh Mueller of South Dakota, Nelson, Kelvin Parker of Northwest Missouri State, Chris Paul of Wake Forest, Gabe Perez of Rochester, and Notre Dame's Chris Thomas.

"Mr. Cousy has a vision for this award," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Hall of Fame. "He wants to recognize the vital importance of the point guard position and highlight its crucial role in achieving team success. This award will recognize core basketball skills such as passing, dribbling and creating team offense in addition to intangibles such as leadership, vision, selflessness and focus."

Finalists for 2004 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award

Timmy Bowers, Mississippi St.
Tony Borghese, Otterbein (II)
Antonio Burks, Memphis
Michael Crotty, Williams (III)
Travis Diener, Marquette
Eric Faber, Rollins (II)
Raymond Felton, North Carolina
Marques Green, St. Bonaventure
Devin Harris, Wisconsin
Chris Hernandez, Stanford
Josh Mueller, South Dakota (II)
Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's
Kelvin Parker, Northwest Missouri (II)
Chris Paul, Wake Forest
Gabe Perez, Rochester (III)
Chris Thomas, Notre Dame

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