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Jamal Shead Named Top 10 Candidate for Bob Cousy Award

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POSTED: January 29, 2024 -- 1:08 p.m. CT

Monday afternoon, Houston Cougars senior point guard Jamal Shead was recognized as one of the Top 10 Candidates for the 2024 Bob Cousy Award, presented by the Naismith Basketball of Fame.

Houston fans can support Shead in the remaining rounds by participating in Fan Voting, presented by Dell Technologies beginning Feb. 2 at The Fan Vote will count as one committee vote during the finalist selection process.

In March, five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame's Selection Committee. The Selection Committee for the Bob Cousy Award is composed of top men's college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.

The winner of the 2024 Bob Cousy Award will be presented on a to-be-determined date, along with the other four members of the Men's Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Jerry West Award (Shooting Guard), Julius Erving Award (Small Forward), Karl Malone Award (Power Forward), and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Center), in addition to the Women's Starting Five.

Shead has started all 20 games to date and stands third among the Cougars with 11.7 points per game. Shead also leads Houston and ranks among the Big 12 Top-Five leaders in assists per game (5.9), steals per game (2.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.93) and is one of only three college players to rank among the nation's Top-31 leaders in assists per game, steals per game AND assist-turnover ratio.

He was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for Jan. 22 after leading the Cougars with 19.5 points, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins at #21/19 BYU and against UCF. Shead became the first Cougar to receive a Big 12 regular-season award in program history.

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