Seriously, who picks the nominees for the Cousy Award? Because they done effed up again.
You remember last season, when Jordan Taylor and Tu Holloway were left off of the finalists for the Cousy Award? Well, they were both on the list nominees that was released today. So was Kendall Marshall, Scott Machado, Shabazz Napier, Casper Ware and Aaron Craft to go along with 58 other names.
Those names would have been unforgivable to leave off.
You know who else would be unforgivable? Phil Pressey.
And that's where the Cousy Award selection committee made their mistake. Pressey may only be averaging 8.6 ppg and 6.0 apg, but anyone who has watched Missouri plays knows how important Pressey is to the Tigers. That's not a knock on the guy he starts over, either. Mike Dixon -- who happens to make an appearance on the list of nominees -- is also a talented point guard. But there aren't ten point guards that I would take over Pressey in the country, let alone 65.
Seriously, take a look at some of the names on this list. Will Barton of Memphis is a potential all-american this season, but he's a 6'6" small forward, not a point guard. Oregon State's Jared Cunningham may not be an all-american, but he's good enough that he would deserve to be on the Cousy Award list if he were, in fact, a point guard. But he's not. Neither is Pitt's Ashton Gibbs or Florida's Kenny Boynton.
All four of those guys are great players, but if they aren't point guards, why are they on this list?
Some of the other names that were put on over Pressey are astonishing as well. Jeff Peterson and Luke Loucks of Florida State both made it over Pressey. Yes, the same Florida State that cannot score. Tennessee State's Wil Peters is averaging 2.6 apg. He made it over Pressey. Dash Harris of Texas A&M shoots 23.5% from the floor and averages 3.7 ppg. He's on there as well. So are stars like Bryan Dougher, Randy Davis,
Stallon Saldivar, and Trey Sumler.
But no Phil Pressey.
And, for that matter, no Nate Wolters.
Wolters is the guy that had 34 points, seven assists and zero turnovers in a 92-73 win for South Dakota State at Washington. He's averaging 21.5 ppg and 6.0 apg. But he's apparently not good enough to be one of the top 65 point guards in the country. Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall's point guard who happens to be seventh in the country in assists, was also left off.
Who ever is in charge of putting these lists together really needs to start watching basketball. Hell, I'll make the list for them. Free of charge. I promise that I won't neglect to mention any top ten point guards.