FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton senior guard Kwame Vaughn was today named as one of 85 players to the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award handed out by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"Kwame is a high-level athlete who has been our point guard here for two years and has done a phenomenal job of balancing his roles as a scorer and a distributor," Interim Head Coach Andy Newman said. "This year, we moved him to team captain and he has now taken a lot of the ownership as to whether our team plays good or plays bad, it's on him.
"He's doing a great job of being a more vocal leader and being a leader with his actions and those are two big-time attributes that a point guard has got to have. I think he's well-deserving of being considered one of the best point guards in the nation and, I certainly understand there's a lot of great company there, but what a tremendous accomplishment it is for him to even be talked about in that realm."
Vaughn is one of only 16 players on the list from west of the Rocky Mountains and the only player from the Big West Conference to be "watched." He joins a West Coast group of six players from the Pacific-12 Conference, four from the West Coast Conference, three from the Mountain West Conference, and two more from the Big Sky Conference.
This season, Vaughn has been one of the most consistent scorers for the Titans, entering the week ranked second on the team in scoring (18.3 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.487), second in three-point percentage (.417), and leads the team from the line (.857). His 48 rebounds (4.8 rpg), 36 assists (3.60 apg), and 14 steals (1.40 spg) are also good for second on the team.
The senior from Oakland, Calif., has reached double digits in scoring in all 10 games this season (extending a streak of 14-straight games of 10-or-more points dating back to last season), including a high of 29 points against Green Bay on Nov. 18. He has eclipsed the 20-point plateau four times in 2012 (tied for the most in the Big West) and has 13 such scoring performances in his career.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. Previous winners of the award include Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's - 2004), Raymond Felton (North Carolina - 2005), Dee Brown (Illinois - 2006), Acie Law (Texas A&M - 2007), D.J. Augustin (Texas - 2008), Ty Lawson (North Carolina - 2009), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland - 2010), Kemba Walker (Connecticut - 2011), and Kendall Marshall (North Carolina - 2012).
The watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a group of 20 players around January 1, a collection of 10 around February 1, and the five finalists on March 1. The winner will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
For more information on the award, please visit www.cousyaward.com.