Maryland freshman point guard Melo Trimble was named to the preseason Bob Cousy Award watch list on Tuesday, the Maryland Athletic Department announced in a release. Trimble is one of 35 players recognized as potential recipients for the top point guard in college hoops award.
From the release:
Trimble, a 6-3 guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., was a McDonald's All-American and the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Maryland before arriving to College Park. Trimble averaged 23.1 points at Bishop O'Connell High School as a senior and was tagged the 2014 Washington Post All-Metro Player of the Year.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball. Over 35 candidates have been nominated for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award.
"The Hall of Fame is honored to work with Mr. Cousy and to recognize some of the nation's top collegiate point guards," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall ofFame. "This year's list showcases student athletes that have all of the intangibles that would make them great candidates for this prestigious award."
"The Cousy Award has become one of the top awards in college basketball," said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). "We look forward to another season of watching the best point guards in college basketball compete for this elite award."
Trimble is one of just three freshman included on this year's list, showing just how good many believe he can be this season for the Terps. Trimble was the #5 rated point guard in the 2014 class, according to 247sports.
JUST IN: Melo Trimble one of only three freshman named to top preseason watch list: http://t.co/TNTjf585gU #Terps pic.twitter.com/dF5dbikKHX— Daniel Martin (@DMartinCSN) November 4, 2014
Greivis Vasquez previously won the award for Maryland back in 2010.
Five finalists for the award will be announced in early March.
Here is the complete list of candidates. Only three candidates are from the Big Ten:
2015 Bob Cousy Award Candidates
Olivier Hanlan - Boston College
Quinn Cook - Duke
Tyus Jones - Duke
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera - Georgetown
Kevin Pangos - Gonzaga
Siyani Chambers - Harvard
Yogi Ferrell - Indiana
Monte Morris - Iowa State
Kenneth Smith - Louisiana Tech
Cameron Payne Murray State University
Chasson Randle - Stanford
Will Cummings - Temple
Alex Caruso - Texas A&M
T.J. McConnell - Arizona
Ryan Boatright - Connecticut
Kasey Hill - Florida
Andrew Harrison - Kentucky
Tyler Ulis - Kentucky
Terry Rozier - Louisville
Melo Trimble - Maryland
Angel Rodriguez - Miami
Derrick Walton Jr. - Michigan
Jarvis Summers - Mississippi
Marcus Paige - North Carolina
Pierria Henry - North Carolina (Charlotte)
Jordan Woodward - Oklahoma
EC Matthews - Rhode Island
Isaiah Taylor - Texas
Julius Brown - Toledo
Delon Wright - Utah
London Perrantes - Virginia
Keifer Sykes - Wisconsin-Green Bay
Ryan Arcidiacono - Villanova
Briante Weber - Virginia Commonwealth
Juwan Staten - West Virginia
Fred VanVleet - Wichita State