The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced Duke sophomore Tre Jones as one of five finalists for the 2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.
Not only a tenacious on-ball defender and the No. 12 Blue Devils’ on-court leader, Jones has emerged as one of the top overall players in college basketball. He is the nation’s only player averaging better than 16.0 points (16.1), 6.0 assists (6.5), 1.5 steals (1.7), a .430 field goal percentage (.433) and a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio (+2.3). The Apple Valley, Minn., native also remains the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 in each of those categories.
Jones has come on strong in the latter half this season, averaging 17.7 points over his last 15 games, including his 28-point effort and late-game heroics to beat North Carolina in overtime. Jones’ 362 career assists are the most among active power conference sophomores, while his +2.87 career assist/turnover ratio would stand as a Duke record.
A three-time ACC Player of the Week, Jones is the only player in the conference to be named a finalist for the Cousy Award. He is also a semifinalist for the Naismith Men’s Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named to the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20.
The five finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee this month. The winner of the award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Naismith Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live Friday, March 6 on hoophallawards.com.
The winner of the 2020 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles on Friday, April 10.
2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Finalists
Tre Jones (Duke)
Devon Dotson (Kansas)
Markus Howard (Marquette)
Payton Pritchard (Oregon)
Malachi Flynn (San Diego State)