Clemente Finalist For Bob Cousy Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior guard Denis Clemente was named one of 20 finalists for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award on Tuesday, which recognizes college basketball's top point guard.

The annual award, which is named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great Bob Cousy, is presented by The Hartford Financial Services and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  Clemente was one of 72 candidates originally nominated for the award in early December, which included players from all Division I, II and III schools across the country. 

Clemente made the cut to the final 20, which includes only one other player from the Big 12 (Kansas' Sherron Collins).  The list also includes Ole Miss' Chris Warren, Cincinnati's Deonta Vaughn, South Carolina's Devan Downey, Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, Harvard's Jeremy Lin, California's Jerome Randle, Kentucky's John Wall, Duke's Jon Scheyer, Michigan State's Kalin Lucas, Connecticut's Kemba Walker, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney, Michigan's Manny Harris, Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin, Arizona's Nic Wise, Siena's Ronald Moore, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, Penn State's Talor Battle and Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes.

Clemente has helped guide K-State to its first Top 10 ranking in more than 35 years with its current 13-1 record.  The winners of 10 straight, including victories over two Top 25 squads, the Wildcats are off to the second-best start in school history and the best since the 1958-59 season.   The winning streak ties five others for the ninth-longest in school history and the longest since 1993-94 team won 10 from Dec. 1, 1993 to Jan. 5, 1994.

Clemente is the team's second-leading scorer (and 14th in the Big 12) at 14.1 points per game and has scored in double figures in 12 of the team's 14 games.  The team leader in assists at 4.21 per game, he is second on the team in field goals (67), 3-point field goals (25).  He ranks second in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.81, while he is seventh in assists and tied for 10th in 3-point field goals made per game (1.79).

The list of 20 candidates will be narrowed down to a final 10 by Feb. 1 and a final five by March 1.  A Hall of Fame appointed screening committee will be narrowing down the candidates from 20 to 10 to 5 prior to the Blue Ribbon Selection Committee evaluating the final five candidates and ultimately choosing the winner.  The winner will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday, April 5 in Indianapolis as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winner of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A&M), D.J. Augustin (Texas) and Ty Lawson (North Carolina).  For more information on the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford, log onto www.cousyaward.com.