Oct. 22, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball senior guard Preston Medlin is one of 46 players on the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch List, announced Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. This list was created by a committee of well-respected media members and influential people within college basketball from around the country.
Medlin, a senior guard from Carrollton, Texas, is one of three Mountain West players on the 46-player list, along with Boise State's Derrick Marks and New Mexico's Kendall Williams. The USU guard is also the only player from a Utah school on the list.
This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.
Medlin has returned to the Aggies' lineup after he missed the final 15 games of the 2012-13 season with a wrist injury. Prior to his injury, Medlin was leading USU in scoring at 16.3 ppg, as well as leading the team in three-point shooting at 39.3 percent (33-of-84), averaging 2.06 treys per game, while also leading the Western Athletic Conference in minutes played at 36.06 mpg. Medlin was also shooting 47.4 percent from the field (82-of-173) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (63-of-77). He also snared 3.5 rebounds per game and dished out 3.2 assists per game, while swiping 1.0 steals per contest.
A first-team all-WAC selection in 2012, Medlin enters his senior season ranking fifth all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 41.3 percent. He also ranks seventh all-time at USU in both three-point field goals made (143) and attempted (346). Medlin needs just 30 points to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and would become the 36th player in USU history to do so. He has posted 45 career double-figure scoring games, 19 career 20-point games and one career 30-point game.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and last year's recipient Trey Burke (Michigan). For more information on the 2014 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
Medlin and USU open the 2013-14 season with an exhibition against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, with all tickets $5, in a game sponsored by Macey's.
The Aggies host Adams State in another exhibition on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., before officially tipping off the season by hosting USC in the season-opener on Friday, Nov. 8, then host in-state foe Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 12, both at 7 p.m.
USU men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets start at $220 and they include all 20 home games as well as the BYU game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30.
For more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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