Feb 15, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Juwan Staten (3) brings the ball up the court during the second half against the Texas Longhorns at Frank Erwin Special Events Center. The Longhorns defeated the Mountaineers 88-71. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12's Kane, Smart, Staten Finalists For 2014 Bob Cousy Award

Three Big 12 men’s basketball players have been named finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award. The three players – DeAndre Kane of Iowa State, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and Juwan Staten of West Virginia - are among 23 players across the country who are finalist candidates for the national award, which honors the country’s top college point guard in the 2013-14 college basketball season.

The finalists for this year’s Bob Cousy Award were selected from an original watch list of 80 college point guards put together at the beginning of the season.

“The (23) men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the game of college basketball, the same qualities that made (Bob) Cousy and iconic player,” said Ken Kaufman, chairman of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Between Feb. 18 and March 10, college basketball fans will have the opportunity to vote who they think is the top point guard in the country this season. Fans can go to www.cousyaward.com to cast their vote.

Former University of Texas point guard DJ Augustin won the Bob Cousy Award in 2008. That season, Augustin led the Big 12 in assists, assist-turnover ratio and finished second in the conference in scoring.

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