The 66 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard, were announced today. Last season the award was won by Maryland's Greivis Vasquez. Theoretically this list should be made up of the 66 best point guards in the country, right? Well someone screwed that up.
Juice Thompson snubbed by Cousy Award
For as hard as you look at the list you won't find Northwestern's Michael "Juice" Thompson or Michigan's Darius Morris. Now, my guess is what happened with Morris is that voting had to be done before the season and while most people could've predicted almost every name that would be amongst the assist leaders, Morris wouldn't have been a popular choice. There he is though ranked fifth in the nation in assists and not on the ballot for the best point guard. Yeah, that makes sense.
The argument for Thompson is a little more nuanced, but he has some advantages over Morris in terms of preseason balloting. Thompson's a senior. He's the heart and soul of a Northwestern team that's attempting to make its first ever NCAA Tournament and he played 93.2 percent of the team's minutes last season, fifth in the country.
All he's done this season is average 16.3 points per game, 4.6 assists per game and guided the Wildcats to a perfect 7-0 start. Not too shabby, but apparently not good enough to get on that list.
Honestly, I'd be okay with all of this except for one thing. Purdue's Lewis Jackson is amongst the 66 finalists. That's the same Jackson, who if he's lucky, is the third best player on his team and is averaging 4.2 points per game and 3.6 assists per game. If I had to pick between those two players 66 times I'd pick Thompson. Every. Single. Time.
So congratulations to all the players that have been nominated, but know that two of the best point guards in the country weren't even allowed in the competition.