UConn’s Walker wins Bob Cousy Award

UConn junior Kemba Walker was named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award Thursday as the top point guard in college basketball.

Walker beat out BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Duke’s Nolan Smith, Cleveland State’s Norris Cole and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor.

"I am thrilled that Kemba has been named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award. He is having one of the great seasons ever in college basketball history," said Jim Calhoun, head coach of the Huskies and member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2005.

"Beyond the stats, game-winning shots and accolades, he epitomizes the leadership that a great point guard must have and what he has done to lead our young team to a Big East Championship and to a spot in the Final Four has been unforgettable."

The award has been presented annually since 2004 by the Basketball Hall of Fame and is named for legendary Celtics point guard Bob Cousy.

Walker has also been named a first-team All-American and is a leading contender for the prestigious Wooden Award, given each year to college basketball’s best player.

Walker’s spectacular season has included averages of 23.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. The Bronx, N.Y., native has led UConn on a streak of nine straight wins, with the Huskies preparing to play Kentucky Saturday night at the Final Four in Houston.

Walker was also named MVP of the Big East Tournament earlier this month, leading the team to the title with an unprecedented five wins in five days at Madison Square Garden.