Once again Malcolm Delaney has made the Bob Cousy Award nomination list. This award goes to the top point guard in the nation, according to the committee that decides it, at least.
Delaney is part of an “exclusive” list of 67 players nominated. That list will be trimmed to 20 on the day of the Orange Bowl. A month later, it will be paired down to 10 on February 3rd. A final five nominees will then be selected on March 3rd with the winner announced on April 4th.
There have been seven previous winners, three of which were from the ACC. This includes the last two winners – Ty Lawson of unc and “Greasy Face”-quez of maryland.
Interestingly, Delaney’s likeness is used in the link to the nominees on the homepage: Cousy Award Official Web Site
I am confident Delaney will make it to the next round of 20. It will be interesting to see if he makes the final 10 announced on 2/3.
Three other ACC players were on the list – Irving of duke (who likely won’t make the cut due only to his injury), Kitchen of fsu, who likely also won’t make the cut (he’s not that good), and Stitt of clemson (he has a shot at advancing). Hank Thorns, the former Hokie who is in his first year at tcu, is also on the list. He’s averaged 8.9 ppg and 6.1 assists through 11 games. Thorns still can’t shoot, hitting just 37% of his shots, but he has hit 15 of 41 three-pointers (37%) — he shot just 26% from deep as a Hokie and under 30% overall from the field as a sophomore. So that’s good for him, but I don’t miss him.