Rosen Named a Candidate For Bob Cousy Award

Official Cousy Award Candidates Release (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., announced 66 candidates for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award today, and that list includes Penn junior Zack Rosen.

The annual award, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes college basketball's top point guard.

This original list of 66 will be narrowed down to a final 20 by January 3, a final 10 by February 3, and a final five by March 3. The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday, April 4 in Houston as part of the NCAA Final Four weekend.

Rosen certainly has the credentials for the nomination. The only returning first-team All-Ivy pick from a year ago, he was also a first-team NABC All-District 13 in 2009-10 and is a near-unanimous preseason choice as the Ivy's Player of the Year. He led the Ivies in scoring and free-throw percentage a year ago. This season, Rosen leads 4-4 Penn in scoring (15.3 ppg). He also has team highs in assists (40), three-point baskets (18) and free throws (30). Rosen enters Penn's Wednesday night game at Delaware having hit double figures in the scoring column in 22 straight games -- and 33 of the Quakers' last 34 contests -- dating back to last season.

Rosen is one of just two Ivy Leaguers on the Cousy list, along with Cornell junior Chris Wroblewski. The list also includes a pair of point guards from Philadelphia teams (Corey Fisher of Villanova, Juan Fernandez of Temple). There are three others on the list whom Rosen has faced or will face head-to-head this year -- Davidson's Brendan McKillop, Navy's O.J. Avworo, and Kentucky's Brandon Knight.

Download: 2011 Cousy Award candidates.pdf