Frazier starts season on Cousy Award Watch List

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tim Frazier (Houston, Texas) is one of 46 preseason candidates named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, announced Tuesday (Oct. 22) by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

A graduate guard returning for his fifth year after a season-ending injury a year ago, Frazier is one of four players from the Big Ten on the list, which will be narrowed to a final 20 in early February and then final five by early March.

Frazier previously was a Top 20 candidate for the award in 2011-12 – his last full campaign in the blue and white – while leading the Big Ten in assists (6.2 apg) and finishing second in scoring (18.8 ppg) en route to First Team All-Big Ten honors. Before rupturing his left Achilles tendon four games into last season, he was producing at a 21.7 points-per-game clip and averaging 5.7 assists.

The PSU single-season record holder in assists with 198 assists in 2011-12, Frazier now stands 142 assists shy of eclipsing the program's career assist record of 600. Also among the Top 25 in scoring (24th, 1035 points), the Houston, Texas, native could end his career among Penn State's top five in career scoring, assists and steals and as just the second Lion to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists.

Named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, The Cousy Award recognizes the top point guard in college basketball. The winner of the 2014 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Dallas as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and last year’s recipient Trey Burke (Michigan). For more information on the 2014 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

Frazier and Penn State open the season with a Nov. 3 exhibition contest vs. Northwood (Fla.) before the regular-season lid-lifter Nov. 9 against Wagner. The 17-game home schedule is punctuated by a Dec. 14 matchup vs. Princeton in historic Rec Hall and four contests vs. teams in the USA Today preseason Top 25.

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Last Updated October 25, 2013