Murray State’s Cameron Payne was named to the watch list of candidates for the 2015 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The
annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the watch list that includes 35 of the best point guards in the country. Payne, a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee, was the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in March and in October was named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year, the first time since voting began in 1993 that a sophomore has been named.
Payne led the Racers in scoring with 16.8 points per game and was 33rd in the nation and the fourth rated freshman with 5.4 assists per game. He was just the second freshman in MSU history to score 500 points in a season. Payne was the MVP of the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament as he helped the Racers win the championship.
The Cousy watch list will be narrowed to a final 20 in early February, then to a final five by early March. The winner will be honored on Monday of the Final Four weekend in Indianapolis.