McGhee Tabbed to 2023 Bob Cousy Award Watch List
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.