Dec 31, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Andre Hollins (1) against the Michigan State Spartans at Williams Arena. Minnesota defeated Michigan State 76-63. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Hollins a finalist for Bob Cousy Award

Gopher sophomore point Andre Hollins has been named one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award.

Michigan’s Trey Burke, Michigan State’s Keith Appling, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and South Dakota State University’s Nate Wolters were also on the list of finalists for the award.

Wolters’ is the only native Minnesotan to receive a finalists nomination, having graduating from St. Cloud Tech High School in St. Cloud, Minn.

Hollins, from Memphis, is averaging nearly 14 points per game along with four assists and three rebounds per contest.

In Wednesday night’s win over No. 12 Illinois, Hollins scored 22 points and added six assists and eight rebounds in a game where the No. 8 Gophers won 84-67.

Hollins was nominated by coaches and media relations personnel from across the country. The list of 20 finalists will eventually be shortened to 10 and five players before a winner is selected prior to the Final Four.

Past winners have included North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall and Connecticut’s Kemba Walker.

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