Cousy Award release (PDF)
PHILADELPHIA -The Basketball Hall of Fame has whittled its list for the Bob Cousy Award from an original 65 to 20, and Penn senior Zack Rosen is still on it.
The Cousy Award is presented annually to the top point guard in the country at the NCAA Division I level.
Rosen is the only Ivy League or Philadelphia Big 5 point guard left on the list. The original list contained three other Ivy point guards (Brian Barbour, Columbia; Chris Wroblewski, Cornell; Brandyn Curry, Harvard) and two other Big 5 points guards (Tyreek Duren, La Salle; Maalik Wayns, Villanova).
Rosen has certainly had a season worthy of this consideration. Most recently,in Wednesday night's 78-73 win at Lafayettehe had four assists which made him Penn's all-time leader in that category, with 506. (The previous record-holder was Rosen's current head coach, Jerome Allen, with 505.) Rosen also had 24 points to lead all scorers, hitting for three-pointers and going 4-of-4 from the foul line.
In the latest NCAA statistics, released earlier this week, Rosen was ninth in free-throw percentage (.919), 18th in assists per game (6.2), and 29th in scoring (19.1 ppg). He has scored in double figures in 14 of Penn's 15 games includingeight outings with 20 or more points.
Among Ivy League players, Rosen entered the week leading the way in scoring, assists per game, and minutes per game (38.3). He also was second in free-throw percentage to Yale's Austin Morgan.
Rosen has the two best free-throw performances in a game among Ivy players this season, going 12-of-12 vs. Delaware and 10-of-10 against Wagner. In fact, he is 51-of-53 from the charity stripe in Penn's last 11 contests, with streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive made during the span. The senior guard also has the high assist total by an Ivy player in a game, with 12 against Marist.
Rosen is also scattered throughout Penn's all-time record book:
*He has 1,412 career points which puts him 11th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 10th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.)
*He has played 3,511 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes, while Jerome Allen is fourth with 3,570.)
*He has 188 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)
*He has made 374 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)
*He has started 97 games in his career, eighth all-time. (Koko Archibong is seventh, with 99 starts.)
Penn is 7-8 on the season after theLafayette win. The Quakers' next game takes place Tuesday against La Salle at The Palestra, a game that will be Rosen's 100th wearing the Red and Blue. Penn opens Ivy League play Jan. 13-14 at Columbia and Cornell.