EVANS NAMED TO COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST

Following a standout 2018-19 season, redshirt senior guard Marcus Evans (Chesapeake, Va.) was one of 20 players named to the watch list for the 2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday.

Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the award has recognized the top point guards in Division I men's college basketball annually since 2004. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determine the watch list each year.

By mid-February, the watch list will be narrowed down to just 10 and in March, five finalists will be presented to the Hall of Fame's selection committee. Fan voting will help determine who moves on in each of the three rounds with the winner of the 2020 Bob Cousy Award being honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, April 10.

A native of Chesapeake, Va., Evans was nothing short of spectacular during his debut season with the Rams in 2018-19. He was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference after averaging 13.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game across 33 contests. He also excelled in the classroom, earning a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team.

Evans becomes the first VCU player to make the prestigious list since Eric Maynor was named a finalist for the award during the 2008-09 season. Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Ja Morant (2019), Kemba Walker (2011), Ty Lawson (2009) and Jameer Nelson (2004) to name a few.

2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Candidates
Remy Martin Jr., Arizona State
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado
Tre Jones, Duke
Andrew Nembhard, Florida
Trent Forrest, Florida State
Bryce Aiken, Harvard
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
Devon Dotson, Kansas
Ashton Hagans, Kentucky
Markus Howard, Marquette
Anthony Cowan, Maryland
Zavier Simpson, Michigan
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Cole Anthony, North Carolina
Payton Pritchard, Oregon
Jordan Ford, Saint Mary's
Lamonte' Turner, Tennessee
Davide Moretti, Texas Tech
Marcus Evans, VCU
Kihei Clark, Virginia

Evans and the Rams will play an exhibition game against Virginia State in the Siegel Center on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and then the regular season kicks off at home against St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 5. Season tickets and mini plans are on sale and single game tickets will become available on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. Visit VCUAthletics.com or call the VCU Ticket Office at (804) 828-7267 to purchase yours today.