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Monday / June 25.
  • Four Freshmen Among Bob Cousy Award Finalists

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    Four freshmen were among 10 finalists named Monday for the 2017 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.

    The freshmen include Washington’s Markelle Fultz, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox and N.C. State’s Dennis Smith.

    Among the upperclassmen on the list are Kansas’ Frank Mason, Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss.

    The award named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, now in its fourteenth year, recognizes the top point guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10.

    Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Tyler Ulis, Kentucky (2016), Delon Wright, Utah (2015), Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).

    2017 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross Finalists 

    Nigel Williams-Goss


    Monte Morris

    Iowa St.

    Frank Mason


    De’Aaron Fox


    Melo Trimble


    Joel Berry II

    North Carolina

    Dennis Smith

    North Carolina State

    Lonzo Ball

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Jalen Brunson


    Markelle Fultz


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.