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Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers named among finalists for Cousy Award

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 17, 2014 08:08 PM

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Just glance quickly at the list of the 23 finalists for this year's Bob Cousy Award for the nation's best point guard, and you'll find some of the familiar faces.

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart. North Carolina's Marcus Paige. Connecticut's Shabazz Napier. UMass's Chaz Williams.

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Chambers is just the third Cousy finalist from an Ivy.

But also on the list is Harvard's 6-foot, 170-pound speed car Siyani Chambers. His 4.3 assists a night is the second-best clip in the Ivy, his 11.0 points a night make him the Crimson's second-leading scorer and his all-around skills as Harvard's floor general have helped push the Crimson to a 20-4 start.

Even if he's only a sophomore, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker said Chambers deserved to be included among an elite fraternity of players at his position this season.

"I'm really happy for him and proud of him for being on that very short list," Amaker said. "You think about all the really good point guards in the country and to have that dwindled down into 23 and to have him as one of them, that's a strong statement."

That list gets even shorter when you look at the number of Ivy League point guards to ever land on it. Before Chambers, the only other Ivy League players to be named Cousy finalists were Penn's Zach Rosen in 2012 and former Crimson star Jeremy Lin in 2010.

"I think he's deserving of that kind of recognition," Amaker said. "I think he's performed and played at a level that is deserving of the opportunity that he's receiving. And I think when you look at our program and our team, I think those layers are also factors into the selection."

For Chambers, the honor was humbling, but with Harvard just a half game ahead of Columbia and Yale, he was more focused on the Crimson's two road games this weekend against Penn and Princeton.

"It's an honor to be on the list, to be recognized like that," Chambers said. "Right now we're worried about getting two wins this weekend and just trying to go as far as we can. I feel honored to be a part of the list."

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