Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart is one of 12 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the Big 12 announced Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Smart is the only freshman on the list and is on watch lists for many honors this season.
Fans may vote for the top point guard at http://www.cousyaward.com/. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will run one month, concluding March 7.
Smart is in the top 10 in the league in assists (4.6 per game), steals (2.95), free throw percentage (.771) and is in the top 20 in rebounds (5.9 per game) . He is seventh in the Big 12 in scoring at 14.7 points per game.
He leads the Big 12 in steals with 62. Josh Gray of Texas Tech is second with 41. Smart is on pace to set a record for steals for freshmen in the Big 12.
His assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.53 which is sixth in the league, but tops for freshmen.
Smart was named a mid-season All-American by the Sporting News.
The award is named for Hall of Famer Bob Cousy, and recognizes the top point guard in men's college basketball. The list will be trimmed to five candidates in early March. A selection committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. The winner will be announced during the weekend of the Final Four.
2013 Bob Cousy Award Finalists
Pierre Jackson (Baylor)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Keith Appling (Michigan State)
Lorenzo Brown (North Carolina State)
Trey Burke (Michigan)
Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
Matthew Dellavadova (Saint Mary's)
Shane Larkin (Miami)
Phil Pressey (Missouri)
Peyton Siva (Louisville)
Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)