OGDEN -- Weber State junior guard Damian Lillard has been named one of five final candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, recognizing the nation's top point guard. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the final five candidates of the award Friday.
Joining Lillard on the final list of five candidates are Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, Matthew Dellavedova from Saint Mary's, Kendall Marshall of North Carolina and Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas.
The Cousy Award is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy.
An original list consisting of 60-plus candidates from around the country, was trimmed through the season.
"These five young men represent the elite at the point guard position in college basketball," said John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Lillard has had one of the best seasons in Weber State history. This season he has been named as the USBWA District VIII Player of the Year and the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player in leading Weber State to a 24-6 record and a 14-2 record in Big Sky Conference play.
Lillard led the nation in scoring for most of the season and is currenlty second in the country with an average of 24.5 points per game, the best single-season average in Weber State history. He has scored 736 points this season which is the most in Weber State single-season history and ranks as the fourth most in Big Sky Conference single-season history.
Lillard, a native of Oakland, Calif., ranks sixth in the nation in 3-pointers per game and is 18th in the country in free throw percentage at 88.3 percent, the fourth best percentage in WSU single-season history.
He has also made 91 3-pointers this season, the most in WSU single-season history and the eighth most in Big Sky history. Lillard is also third in the Big Sky in assist to turnover ratio, fourth in assists and sixth in steals.
Lillard has appeared in 101 career games for the Wildcats and has started 96 games.
In addition ot the Cousy Award, Lillard has been named as a finalist for the John Wooden and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Awards. He is also a finalist for the Lou Henson Award, the Mid-major Player of the Year.
The Naismith Hall of Fame's blue ribbon selection committee, which will review the final five candidates for the award, is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.
The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on April 2 in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.