Mueller is finalist for Bob Cousy award

Mueller is finalist for Bob Cousy award USD Junior Josh Mueller, shown here in action against NDSU Friday in the DakotaDome, has been named one of 16 finalists for the inaugural Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Junior Josh Mueller of the South Dakota men's basketball team (16-7, 5-5 NCC) has been named one of 16 finalists for the inaugural Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The award, which will recognize the best true point guard in NCAA men's basketball, will be presented at a press conference at the Division I Final Four in San Antonio, TX on Monday, April 5.

"Mr. Cousy has a vision for this award," said John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame. "He wants to recognize the vital importance of the point guard position and highlight its crucial role in achieving team success. This award will recognize core basketball skills such as passing, dribbling and creating team offense in addition to intangibles such as leadership, vision, selflessness and focus."

Mueller, who is one of three finalists from Division II, leads the nation with an 8.0 assists per game average. The Hartford native sports the seventh-best points per game average in the North Central Conference at 15.5. Mueller also leads the NCC in steals (2.13), assist-turnover ratio (2.35) and ranks third in free-throw shooting (85.9 percent).

Earlier this season, he became the 14th player during Head Coach Dave Boots' tenure to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career (1,225). Last season, he set the school's single-season assist record with 227 and currently ranks third in school history with 590 career assists.

Defensively, Mueller ranks seventh in all-time at USD with 165 career steals.

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