KINGSTON, R.I. — Sophomore guard E.C. Matthews is one of 16 national finalists for the first-ever Jerry West Award.
Named after the Naismith Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player, the Jerry West Award is in its inaugural year and recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. Earlier this season, Matthews was also named to the national watch list for the Bob Cousy Award.
Matthews leads Rhode Island and ranks among the top scorers in the Atlantic 10, checking in at 16.3 points per game. The Detroit, Mich. native has seven games with 20+ points this season and has reached double figures in 19 of Rhody’s 24 games – 13 of those 19 games were wins for the Rams, which currently sit in a tie for first place atop the A-10 standings.
A two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, Matthews has led the Rams in scoring on 13 occasions this season and 26 times in his two year career. Matthews has connected on 47 3-pointers this season – which ranks him eighth in the Atlantic 10.
By early March, the current list of 16 finalists for the 2015 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award will be narrowed down to five players. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2015 Jerry West Award will be presented at the new ESPN College Basketball Awards Show live from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015.
For more information on the 2015 Jerry West Award, log onto HoophallAwards.com.
2015 Jerry West Award Candidates
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island
Tyler Haws, Brigham Young
Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
Sheldon McClellan, Miami
Rashad Vaughn, UNLV
Trevor Lacey, NC State
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Joseph Young, Oregon
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s
Chasson Randle, Stanford
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Ron Baker, Wichita State
Marcus Thornton, William & Mary