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Get serious, Cousy Award

Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 2:07 pm
By Gary Parrish

I was sure the Cousy Award would never outdo itself after omitting Jordan Taylor as a finalist last season.

But boy was I wrong.

The Basketball Hall of Fame announced a list of 60 candidates on Monday for the 2011-12 award given annually to the nation's top point guard, and there's never been a dumber list for any award in the history of dumb lists for awards. For starters, 60 players are official candidates. That's ridiculous. We don't need 60 candidates for a point guard award any more than we need high school juniors listing 11 possible college destinations.

No basketball player has ever seriously considered 11 different schools.

And 60 different point guards have never been serious candidates for an award.


Seriously, 60?

And if you're gonna list 60, fine. It's stupid, but whatever. I can live with that, I guess. But how do you get to 60 without having Missouri's Phil Pressey and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters? And how did Memphis' Will Barton get listed as a candidate? He's terrific. That's undeniable. But in two years of college I don't think he's ever played a single possession at point guard. Barton is a 6-6 wing who slashes on the offensive end and rebounds on the defensive end. He's no more of a point guard than Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, but Barton still somehow made the list of candidates for the Cousy Award.

His teammate Joe Jackson is a candidate, too.

So there are two Tigers listed.

But guess who isn't a candidate?

Chris Crawford.

(He's Memphis' actual starting point guard.)

----- Sixty candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award -----
  • Randy Davis, Ball State
  • Pierre Jackson, Baylor
  • Keegan Bell, Chattanooga
  • Andre Young, Clemson 
  • Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston 
  • Brian Barbour, Columbia 
  • Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
  • Chris Wroblewski, Cornell 
  • Antoine Young, Creighton 
  • JP Kuhlman, Davidson
  • Ray McCallum, Detroit
  • Seth Curry, Duke 
  • TJ McConnell, Duquesne 
  • Kenny Boynton, Florida
  • Erving Walker, Florida
  • Luke Loucks, Florida State
  • Jeff Peterson, Florida State
  • Tony Taylor, George Washington
  • James Fields, Georgia State
  • Brandyn Curry, Harvard
  • Scott Machado, Iona
  • Stephen Thomas, IUPUI 
  • Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
  • Marquis Teague, Kentucky
  • Tyreek Duren, La Salle
  • Mackey McKnight, Lehigh 
  • Casper Ware, Long Beach State
  • Peyton Siva, Louisville 
  • Damier Pitts, Marshall 
  • Will Barton, Memphis
  • Joe Jackson, Memphis
  • Malcolm Grant, Miami
  • Trey Burke, Michigan
  • Kaylon Williams, Milwaukee 
  • Dee Bost, Mississippi State
  • Mike Dixon, Missouri 
  • Will Cherry, Montana
  • Kendall Williams, New Mexico 
  • Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
  • Lorenzo Brown, NC State
  • Stallon Saldivar, Northern Arizona 
  • Reggie Hamilton, Oakland 
  • Aaron Craft, Ohio State
  • D.J. Cooper, Ohio University
  • Jared Cunningham, Oregon State 
  • Tim Frazier, Penn State
  • Zack Rosen, Pennsylvania 
  • Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
  • Lewis Jackson, Purdue 
  • Bryan Dougher, Stony Brook University
  • Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
  • Brandon Triche, Syracuse
  • Wil Peters, Tennessee State 
  • Myck Kabongo, Texas
  • Dash Harris, Texas A&M
  • Hank Thorns, TCU
  • Will Weathers, Troy
  • Brad Tinsley, Vanderbilt
  • Maalik Wayns, Villanova
  • Erick Green, Virginia Tech 
  • Abdul Gaddy, Washington
  • Tony Wroten, Washington
  • Trey Sumler, Western Carolina 
  • Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
  • Tu Holloway, Xavier
Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:59 am

Get serious, Cousy Award

No Vincent Council? list is a joke

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:14 pm

Bob Cousy called and said this list is garbage

Sparks is right. For an award named after one of the all-time assists leader HOW can you omit Jordan Theodore????? The man has more assists than most PGs in D1 and makes everyone on the floor better Who wrote this list, Bette Midler and Cher??

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:16 pm

What about Seton Hall's Jordan Theodore?

How about the omission of Seton Hall's Jordan Theodore?  He's leading the BIG EAST with 7.4 assists per game and is also scoring at a 14.9 points per game clip.  He's the starting point guard of a team that has started the season 9-1.  How can he be forgotten?  That's terrible. 

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:57 pm

Get serious, Cousy Award

The Blue Ribbon selection committee (whoever that is) really botched this list. 5 teams have 2 guys on the list? I'm pretty sure Cherry from Montana will win anyway.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:42 pm

Get serious, Cousy Award

And they put Mizzou's backup PG, Michael Dixon on the list but not Phil Pressey.   What a head scratcher.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:16 pm

and no Flip Pressey?

I haven't seen 3 better PGs than Flip this season, much less 60.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:11 pm

Get serious, Cousy Award

At least Scott Machado is on the list.  Give him the award and be done with it. 

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