Former Deerfield star and current Clemson starter Andre Young, right, leads the team in scoring right now at 14.8 points a game, and Monday he was named to the Bob Cousy Watch List as one of the nation's top point guards.
CLEMSON, S.C. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., announced the candidates Monday for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award — and former Deerfield star and current Clemson starter Andre Young made the 60-player list.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball.
Young, a senior for the Tigers, leads the team in scoring with 14.8 points per game and is currently the only Clemson player averaging in double figures. Young, a health science major, has started every game for the 6-4 Tigers, posting a field goal percentage of 47.3 percent — the highest of his career.
“The Hall of Fame is honored to be working with Mr. Cousy once again to present this prestigious award,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The list of candidates include the top players from across the country that have shown the same leadership, hard work and determination that Mr. Cousy exemplified on the court for many years. We are excited to honor his legacy with the winner of this year’s award.”
This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by Jan. 1s, the final 10 by Feb. 1, and final five by March 1. The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Championship in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included 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) and last year’s recipient Kemba Walker (Connecticut).
DARTON WOMEN CRUSH ATLANTA METRO: The Darton College women’s basketball team improved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Region XVII on Monday with a 73-46 rout of Atlanta Metro on the road.
Christia Brown led the way with 20 points, followed by 17 from points and 10 rebounds from Michelle Mitchell and a near double-double from Chanteniece Fann (12 points, nine rebounds). Crystal Reed, Daton’s 6-foot-6 transfer from Arkansas Pine-Bluff, scored 10 points and grabbed two boards in just her second game eligible to play this season.
“She’s made a big difference for us so far. She’s a weapon and she’s added a nice spark for our team,” Darton coach Lea Henry said of Reed, who played her high school ball in Fort Valley at Peach County. “She’s easily the tallest girl I’ve ever coached.”
Darton shot 61 percent from the field in the win. The Lady Cavs are now off until the South Georgia Tech Classic on Dec. 30-31. They open with Chipola Junior College, then face the No. 2-ranked team in the nation on Dec. 31, Northwest Florida State College, which is unbeaten.
RICE JR. LEADS GEORGIA TECH MEN TO WIN: Glen Rice Jr. scored 21 points and Mfon Udofia added all 16 of his in the second half to help Georgia Tech overcome a sluggish offensive start in a 65-54 win against Alabama A&M on Monday night.
The Yellow Jackets (7-4) won their third straight despite turning the ball over on four of their first six possessions and 21 times overall. Georgia Tech trailed 10-5 eight minutes in.
Despite the poor start, Georgia Tech rebounded behind its defense.
The Yellow Jackets who held their previous three opponents to 35-percent shooting or worse, held the Bulldogs (2-5) to 20-for-57 shooting (35.1 percent.) Georgia Tech took advantage of the misses, outrebounding Alabama A&M 47-22.
Jeremy Ingram scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Bulldogs, who tied the game early in the second half. Alabama A&M's Brandon Ellis knotted it at 25-25 on a layup with 18:44 remaining.
NO. 13-RANKED GEORGIA WOMEN STUNNED BY GONZAGA: Haiden Palmer's 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left gave Gonzaga a 71-68 victory against No. 13 Georgia in a Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic game Monday night.
The Bulldogs never led in the game until Palmer pulled up just behind the top of the key and made her 3-pointer to cap a 22-4 run that ended the game. Palmer had 13 of her 22 points during the closing run.
“She's had a great year,” Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said. “She's been our most consistent player up to this point. So this wasn't anything new but, boy, she did it on a big stage.”
The Lady Bulldogs built an eight-point halftime lead to 64-49 before Gonzaga went on its game-ending run.
“The problem (Monday night) was just execution coming down the stretch,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. “I thought we played weak and passive; just got careless the last six minutes of the basketball game and Gonzaga stepped up and took advantage of us.”
Gonzaga scored the first 10 points of the burst, which began with Palmer's jumper. She had eight of the run's first 10 points and allowed Gonzaga to erode Georgia's lead to single digits.
Georgia (8-2) was led by Jasmine Hassell with 21 points while Anne Marie Armstrong had 15 and Jasmine James scored 13 points.
"It was a game we played extremely well in for 33 minutes; I mean very well, we had the game where we wanted it," Landers said. "We played a very good basketball game and then we started turning the basketball over, giving up lay-ups, letting them get to the offensive boards. And we got passive offensively as they got aggressive and bam, you lose when you do that."