Vols' Golden Chosen To Cousy Award Watch List

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee basketball player Trae Golden was named to the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, which was released Thursday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Cousy Award, named for basketball hall of famer and legendary former Boston Celtics star Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball annually.

A junior from Powder Springs, Ga., Golden is in his second season as Tennessee’s starter at point guard. Through UT’s first nine games, he leads the Vols in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (5.0 apg, second in the SEC) and minutes played (30.6 mpg). His 2.81 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth among SEC players, and he is averaging a career-best 3.7 rebounds per game.

Golden is the reigning SEC Player of the Week, and he was tabbed as a second-team preseason All-SEC selection by the league’s head coaches.

“The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination and teamwork – all skills needed on the basketball court and in life,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “Mr. Cousy exemplified all of these traits, and inspired so many people on and off the court. We hope that this coveted award continues to honor his legacy.”

More than 80 candidates were included on Thursday’s initial watch list, which will be narrowed down to 20 in January and then trimmed to 10 in February. In March, five finalists will be named, and a selection panel of collegiate basketball coaches, media members, sports information directors and hall of famers will name the winner.

For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee basketball program, visit UTsports.com/basketball and follow @Vol_Hoops on Twitter.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


UTC Sports: Football, Hoops, Wrestling All in Action This Weekend

Highlighted by the UTC football team playing at No.1 ranked and No.5 seeded Sam Houston State today in Huntsville, Texas), Mocs teams will be in action the next four days. * Saturday – 3 events UTC Football: 3 p.m.  – ESPN3 … The Mocs (9-3) are at Sam Houston State (11-0) in an FCS round of 16 playoff game ... The host Bearkats are led by quarterback Jeremiah ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Hixson Boys Hold Off East Ridge

Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

Curtis Coleman Sentenced To 144 Months For Dealing Heroin

Curtis Allen Coleman, 41, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to serve 144 months in prison by Federal Judge Travis R. McDonough for heroin distribution in Chattanooga. Coleman pleaded guilty in August to a federal indictment charging him with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute heroin.  According to information on file with the United States District ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)