Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tech Athlete Nominated For National Award

Tennessee Tech Junior Zac Swansey is one of 66 NCAA basketball players in contention for the 2011 Bob Cousy award. The annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball’s top point guard. Nominations were solicited from all schools across the country.

“When you look at a prestigious award like this, you take into consideration that it’s a guard award for guys that helps create opportunities for teammates,” head coach Mike Sutton said. “We’re certainly excited for Zac because that’s exactly what he does, and he’s leading the OVC in assists. I think he’s still a little rusty from the year off, but we’re excited for him because this is what we recruited him to do - be a playmaker and leader on the floor.”

Swansey leads the Golden Eagles in minutes played so far this season, having logged 277 minutes of PT on the hardwood. He has 69 points and 54 assists on the season for an average of 6.9 points per game and 5.4 assists per game. He’s also averaging 2.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with a free throw percentage of 72.7 percent.

This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by January 3rd, final 10 by February 3rd, and final five by March 3rd. A Hall of Fame appointed screening committee will be narrowing down the candidates from 20 to 10 to 5 prior to a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee evaluating the final five candidates and ultimately choosing the winner. Both of the Hall of Fame committee’s are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame’s Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.