Peters Named Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
Monday, December 19, 2011
Peters Named Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
Tennessee State University senior point guard Wil Peters has been named a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.

The Nashville native and Whites Creek product was the only Ohio Valley Conference representative on the list of 60 candidates. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. 

Peters has been a mainstay in the lineup during the past four seasons for the Tigers. The six-foot-one guard has amassed 797 points, 299 assists and 83 steals in 103 games during his career. Peters is just 12 made triples shy of reaching Tennessee State's all-time top-10 list. Peters has started 75 games in his career and has the team's longest active streak, having started in 43 consecutive games.  

This season, Peters is averaging 8.1 points per game and has dished out 28 assists in 11 contests. Peters has made 14-of-41 three-point attempts for 34 percent this season.

Peters graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science earlier this year and is currently pursuing his Masters in Sports Administration.

"Wil is a tireless worker, who has meant a lot to this program," noted TSU Head Coach John Cooper. "We are very proud of him being honored as a Bob Cousy Award candidate and we expect him to continue to make a significant impact for our team this season. He is not only an outstanding athlete, but a strong student as well."

This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final twenty by January 1st, final ten by February 1st and final five by March 1st. A premier Selection Committee will be appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award.

These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and last year's recipient Kemba Walker (Connecticut).  For more information on the 2012 Bob Cousy, log onto

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Birthplace of Basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level - professional, collegiate, men and women.