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Albuquerque, N.M. --- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee has announced its preseason Bob Cousy Watch List, and for the fifth straight year, the Lobos have a player on that list.  Kendall Williams, the 2013 Preseason MW Player of the Year, was named to the preseason Cousy Watch list for his third straight season.

The award is named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy and recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball.  Williams is one of three Mountain West players on the list, and his inclusion marks the fifth straight year that a Lobo has been so honored.

In 2009 and 2010, Dairese Gary was on the first Cousy Watch list (prior to this season the list was announced in December). In 2011, Williams was on the list, and last year both Williams and Hugh Greenwood made the initial list.  Williams made it to the final 20 names last year

Williams is a three-year starter who received Associated Press All-American honorable mention last season in addition to being named the 2012-13 MW Player of the Year. A two-time All-MW honoree, he is only the second player in league history to earn both MW Freshman and Player of the Year honors in a career, joining Andrew Bogut of Utah. Last year he was second in assists (5.3 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5), eighth in steals (1.8 spg) and minutes played (33.9 mpg), ninth in free throw percentage (.706), 10th in 3-pointers made (1.7 pg) and tied for 10th in scoring (13.1 ppg).

He recorded at least three assists in all 15 MW  games he played, including nine contests with five or more. He burst onto the national radar however with his career-high 46 points at Colorado State on Feb. 23, 2013 in a game that basically decided the regular season championship.  He was named ESPN’s National Player of the Week after that contest, one in which he went 10-for-13 from three-point range.

Along with Williams, Boise State’s Derrick Marks and Utah State’s Preston Medlin were also named to the Watch List.  No other future opponents had a representative on the list.

In February the list will be pared down to 20, and the five finalists for the award will be announced in March.

2013 Preseason Cousy Watch List

Trevor Releford, Alabama 
TJ McConnell, Arizona 
Jahii Carson, Arizona State 
Derrick Marks, Boise State 
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley 
Justin Cobbs, California 
Kyle Anderson, UCLA 
Billy Baron, Canisus 
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado 
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut 
Quinn Cook, Duke 
Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast 
Kasey Hill, Florida 
Devon Bookert, Florida State 
Markel Starks, Georgetown 
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay
Siyani ChambersHarvard 

Brandyn Curry, Harvard 
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana 
Jake Odum, Indiana State 
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State 
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky 
Elfrid Payton, Lafayette 
Jason Brickman, Long Island-Brooklyn 
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount 
Chris Jones, Louisville 
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts 
Michael Dixon, Memphis 
Joe Jackson, Memphis 
Keith Appling, Michigan State 
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri 
Kendall Williams, New Mexico 
Marcus Paige, North Carolina 
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame 
Aaron Craft, Ohio State 
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 
Dominic Artis, Oregon 
Tim Frazier, Penn State 
Kris Dunn, Providence 
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 
Preston Medlin, Utah State 
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova 
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington 
Semaj Christon, Xavier 
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State


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