Hartford, CT – January 14, 2013 – XL Center: Jay Bilas during a regular season game.(Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

ESPN lead college basketball analyst Jay Bilas has been with the network dating back to the 1994-95 season. Due to his over two decades of analysis on both college basketball and the NBA Draft, Bilas will be honored with the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bilas will be given the award in September during the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. The Curt Gowdy Media Award is given to electronic and print media members who have made significant contributions to the game of basketball.

In a statement, Bilas said he’s honored to be given the award:

“I am honored beyond words,” said Bilas.” I am so grateful to be the recipient of such a prestigious award, and when I look at the list of Gowdy Award honorees, I cannot help but feel unworthy. My sincere thanks to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for this wonderful honor.”

Since the 2014-15 season, Bilas has been ESPN’s lead college basketball analyst calling the Saturday primetime game as well as being on the basketball edition of College GameDay. In addition to his work on television, Bilas contributes to several ESPN platforms including .com, SportsCenter and other programs.

In 2014, Bilas signed a contract extension that keeps him with ESPN through the 2022-23 season. And he’s called the NCAA Final Four with Dick Vitale for ESPN International for the past few seasons.


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