ARLINGTON, Texas – Chalk up another award for Shabazz Naper, and it’s a prestigious one – especially for a Bostonian.
Napier won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard, as presented by the Hall of Fame.
“It is an honor for us to award such a worthy athlete of this prestigious award,” said Cousy, the Celtics legend, in a statement released by the Hall. “Napier fought hard in the NCAA Tournament and has stood out all throughout his college career as a dominant force in the game and a remarkable point guard.”
The other 2014 finalists were Kyle Anderson of UCLA, Aaron Craft of Ohip State, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Marcus Page of North Carolina and Fred VanVleet of Wichita State. The six candidates were reviewed by the Hall of Fame’s Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The award will be presented Monday as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s class announcement at the Final Four.
“We are proud and honored that Shabazz has been named to receive the Bob Cousy Award and we obviously think it is well-deserved,” Kevin Ollie said. “Shabazz has led our team in numerous statistical categories all season and has been a most valuable part of our success. But just as important, he has been an outstanding senior leader, setting an example for our players off the court. We are extremely happy for him.”