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Posted on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 : 6:58 p.m.

Cousy Award watch list omits Michigan guard Darius Morris and has other questionable calls

By Michael Rothstein

Michigan point guard Darius Morris is having a breakout season. The sophomore has become the Wolverines’ best player and one of the more surprising players in the Big Ten.

His season, though, has not been good enough to merit consideration on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.

Usually, it's silly to criticize such watch lists. They are, for the most part, subjective opinions.

In itself, Morris' snub is understandable because Michigan hasn’t played on national television a lot and he struggled (six points, six assists, four turnovers) in a high-profile loss to Syracuse. Plus, a lot of watch lists come from preseason expectations, of which there were little for Morris.

But every once in a while, lists are so egregious they need to be pointed out. The Bob Cousy nominee list for 2010-11 falls into that category.

The list has 67 players on it. Well, 66 really, considering Cleveland State's Cole Norris is also on the list as Norris Cole.

Morris isn't one of them despite being second nationally in assist rate at 48.4 according to college basketball number cruncher Ken Pomeroy and tied for fifth nationally in assists per game at 7.1.

And Morris isn’t the only top point guard left off.

Chris Wright from Georgetown is 10th nationally at 6.7 assists a game. He isn’t on the list. Neither is Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine, who is 17th nationally at 6.2 assists a game.

Cal State Fullerton point guard Perry Webster is second nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 4.33. Nope, not on the list, either.

Yet Kwadzo Ahelegbe, a senior at Northern Iowa who has 20 assists and 21 turnovers through 10 games, is on the watch list. So is Cornell’s Chris Wroblewski, who is averaging 5.9 assists and 4.7 turnovers.

Louisiana Tech’s DeAndre Brown is averaging 3.0 assists and 3.8 turnovers. He’s also on the list.

For those Big Ten fans wondering, Talor Battle (Penn State), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Demetri McCamey (Illinois), Lewis Jackson (Purdue) and Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin) are on the list.

A message left for the Basketball Hall of Fame, which runs the Cousy Award, was not returned Monday.

Michael Rothstein covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Tue, Dec 21, 2010 : 7:31 a.m.

Great article, I was glad to see you focused on guys that were and were not deserving of being on the list rather than just Morris' snub (which it obviously is). It's pretty obvious preseason rankings come back to hurt teams or players that are left off, despite their great season as they are forced to play catch-up. However, every now and again, they keep unworthy teams from playing in games they have no business in.