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    McGhee Tabbed to 2023 Bob Cousy Award Watch List

    Oct 24, 2022 | Lynchburg Va | Men's Basketball

    Release From The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

    Liberty’s Darius McGhee is among elite company as one of 20 point guards in the nation to be tabbed to the 2023 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, it was announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Named after Class of 1971 Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor, now in its 20th year, recognizes the top point guard in Division I men’s basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

    “Needless to say, I’m biased not only because of the way Darius had performed on court but also the way he’s represented his family, our university and our program,” said Liberty Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ritchie McKay. “To be considered for this honor is a testament to his teammates and those who have assisted his journey thus far.”

    2023 Bob Cousy Award Candidates*
    Jahvon Quinerly, Alabama
    Jordan Walker, UAB
    Kerr Krissa, Arizona
    Wendell Green, Jr., Auburn
    Isaiah Stevens, Colorado State
    Ryan Nembhard, Creighton
    Antonie Davis, Detroit Mercy
    Jeremy Roach, Duke
    Sahvir Wheeler, Kentucky
    Darius McGhee, Liberty
    Kendric Davis, Memphis
    Caleb Love, North Carolina
    Grant Sherfield, Oklahoma
    Max Adams, Oral Roberts
    Will Richardson, Oregon
    Yuri Collins, St. Louis
    Mike Miles, Jr., TCU
    Tyrese Hunter, Texas
    Tyger Campbell, UCLA
    Kihei Clark, Virginia

    *Players can play their way onto and off the list at any point in the 2022-23 season.

    McGhee, who is this year’s ASUN Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year for a Liberty team which is picked to finish first in the league in both the coaches poll and media poll, is the back-to-back ASUN Player of the Year (2020-21, 2021-22). The redshirt senior from Roxboro, N.C. was tabbed to the 2021-22 Lou Henson All-America team and was a Lou Henson Player of the Year finalist. Last season, McGhee averaged 24.6 points per game (No. 2 in nation) and led Division I men’s basketball in three-pointers made with 142, setting a school record in the process.

    Also a NABC District 3 first team selection a year ago, McGhee ranked second in the country in total points (812), and earned several other honors, including: VaSID Player of the Year, ASUN All-Conference first team, ASUN All-Tournament team and VaSID All-State first team

    McGhee enters his final season as a Flame ranked No. 5 on Liberty’s all-time scoring list (1,843 points), No. 16 in career rebounds (508) and No. 19 in career assists (274). He also holds the Liberty single-game scoring record, 48 points, set last season at FGCU (Jan. 15).

    Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies, in each of the three rounds starting on October 28. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2023 Bob Cousy Award will be narrowed to 10, and then in late February to just five. In March, the five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected.

    The winner of the 2023 Bob Cousy Award will be presented on a date to be determined, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Jerry West Award (Shooting Guard), Julius Erving Award (Small Forward), Karl Malone (Power Forward) and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center), in addition to the Women’s Starting Five.

    Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Collin Gillespie, Villanova (2022), Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (2021), Ja Morant, Murray State (2019), Jalen Brunson, Villanova (2018), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).

    About Bob Cousy
    Cousy played for Holy Cross from 1946-50, winning a NCAA Championship in 1947, and was named a consensus First-Team All-American in 1950. His success continued at the professional level as a six-time NBA Champion (1957, ‘59-63), NBA Most Valuable Player (1957) and 13-time NBA All-Star (1951-63). He was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and was listed as one of the league’s 75 greatest players in 2021.

    About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.