SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson has been named as one of 46 players to the 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, as announced Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Anderson, a 6-foot-9 guard/forward from Fairview, N.J., averaged 9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a freshman in 2012-13. He was the only player in the Pac-12 Conference to rank in the top 10 in rebounds and assists per game. He also ranked fifth in steals (1.8) and fifth in assist turnover ratio (1.7).
The Bob Cousy Award is presented annually to the nation’s top point guard by the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The award’s watch list will be formally cut down to 20 candidates in early February before a list of five finalists is released in early March. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday (April 7) in Dallas at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement and Press Conference.
As a freshman last season, Anderson secured second-team All-Pac-12 honors and was one of five players selected to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team. Anderson’s 302 rebounds last year marked the highest single-season total by a UCLA freshman since Kevin Love grabbed 415 boards in 2007-08. He finished the year with eight of UCLA’s 13 double-doubles, ranking eighth in that category in the Pac-12 (first among all Pac-12 freshmen).
Anderson’s 8.6 rebounds per game marks the third-highest average for UCLA freshmen in program history, trailing Kevin Love (2007-08) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (2005-06).
Anderson and the Bruins will open their regular season against Drexel on Friday, Nov. 8. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is 9 p.m. UCLA will host a pair of exhibition games against Cal State San Bernardino (Oct. 30) and Cal State San Marcos (Nov. 4). Those games will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
2013-14 BOB COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
|Jahii Carson||Arizona State|
|Derrick Marks||Boise State|
|Walt Lemon, Jr.||Bradley|
|Brett Comer||Florida Gulf Coast|
|Devon Bookert||Florida State|
|Keifer Sykes||Green Bay|
|Jake Odum||Indiana State|
|DeAndre Kane||Iowa State|
|Anthony Ireland||Loyola Marymount|
|Keith Appling||Michigan State|
|Kendall Williams||New Mexico|
|Marcus Paige||North Carolina|
|Eric Atkins||Notre Dame|
|Aaron Craft||Ohio State|
|Marcus Smart||Oklahoma State|
|Tim Frazier||Penn State|
|Kris Dunn||Providence College|
|Preston Medlin||Utah State|
|Kendrick Perry||Youngstown State|