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Pair of WCC guards named to Cousy watch list

Oct. 22, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- LMU senior Anthony Ireland and Gonzaga junior Kevin Pangos have been named to the watch list of candidates for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball.

According to available records, Ireland is the first Lion to be named to the watch list for the honor. The Waterbury, Conn., native has played in all 100 games LMU has played in during his tenure and he has played over 91-percent of the available minutes in that time span. He enters his senior season 10th all-time at LMU with 1,576 points, eighth in assists with 384 and 10th in steals with 147.

Ireland, who finished second in the WCC and 14th nationally with 20.2 points per game in 2012-13, is starting to turn heads nationally heading into his senior season. Preseason publications have listed him the best player in the league (sbnation), one of the least appreciated players in college basketball (CBS), and preseason All-American (Lou Henson).

"The Hall of Fame is proud to work with Mr. Cousy and honor the best point guards playing in college basketball right now," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This list represents some of the top student athletes from across the country. We are truly honored to be apart of this award."

"The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and teamwork, all skills needed not only on the hardwood but also in life," said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). "Mr. Cousy exemplified all of these traits, and continues to be an inspiration to basketball players on and off the court."

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

--from LMULions.com