Nov. 8, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It was announced today (Nov. 8) that Providence College senior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Men's Preseason Top 50 list. He is one of seven candidates from the BIG EAST. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball media members, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Last season, Council recorded 14 assists twice in a game. He also had 10 or more assists in a game nine times in 2011-12. All of which helped him lead the BIG EAST in assists for the second consecutive season. As a sophomore he averaged 5.9 assists and last season he averaged 7.5 assists. His 7.5 assists per game is the fourth highest single game average in the history of Friar basketball. These impressive numbers helped him earn Third Team All-BIG EAST honors in 2012.
Council's impressive assist total also is evident in his career assist average. He ranks fourth all-time at Providence College in assist average at 5.97 per game. He also ranks second all-time in assists at Providence. He needs just 102 assists to break former Friar Ernie DiGregorio's all-time Providence assist mark of 662 which he established in 1973.
Aside from being one of the top point guards all-time at PC, Council has been a very productive scorer for the Friars, he ranks 25th all-time in scoring (1,248 points). Last season, he led the team in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game.
Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason Top 50. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 37th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Kansas Head Coach Bill Self. The event will take place the weekend of April 12-13, 2013.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and `11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men's Award in 2012.
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