Daoust Named Cousy Award Recipient by NEBCA|
April 20, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior guard Brian Daoust (Dover, MA/Xavieran Brothers) has been named the 2001 Bob Cousy Award winner by the New England Basketball Coaches Association after leading the Jeffs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship and a second straight trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.
|Daoust (left, with head coach |
Dave Hixon) scored his 1,000th
point in the Jeffs' NCAA
First-Round win over
St. John Fisher
The Cousy Award - presented annually to the best player in New England under 6-feet tall irrespective of Division - is usually won by a Division I player such as former NBA standout John Bagley, who won the award as a senior at Boston College in 1982.
Listed at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, Daoust used unlimited shooting range, pesky defense and a sparkling transition game to dominate the NESCAC, earning First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-ECAC honors with a team second-best 16.1-point scoring average. He was also Amherst's leading free throw shooter at 82 percent (72-for-90) and buried a team-high 77 three-pointers.
"This is a huge award for Brian and a wonderful way to cap an illustrious four-year career," Amherst head coach David Hixon explained. "He was certainly deserving and made huge shots for us. To win an award that crosses all three divisions, particularly with the history of its past winners, is a real tribute to a phenomenal player who had a terrific season."
Daoust drew national attention with a career-high 39 points in the Jeffs' home-opener - a 118-111 triple-overtime loss to Clark University - on the strength of a single-game school record nine three-pointers. Later in the season, he reached the career 1,000-point milestone in Amherst's 89-76 NCAA First-Round win over visiting St. John Fisher College as the Jeffs matched a single-season school record with 22 wins.
Meanwhile, Daoust finished his career as one of the winningest players in school history with a 77-26 four-year record, including two trips to the ECAC semifinals, a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and an all-important 7-2 career record against archrival Williams College.
Aside from his prowess on the basketball court, Daoust will graduate this spring as one of the best football players in school history, having earned First-Team All-NESCAC, First-Team All-ECAC, New England Sports Writers All-Region, Third-Team D3football.com All-American, and First-Team Football Gazette All-Region honors after leading the Jeffs to a 7-1 record and a share of the Conference Championship last fall.