Bob Cousy Award release (PDF)
PHILADELPHIA -The National Basketball Hall of Fame has announced its candidates for the 2011-12 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard, and for the second straight year Penn's Zack Rosen is on the list. He is one of65 candidates nationally, including three others from the Ivy League (Brian Barbour, Columbia; Chris Wroblewski, Cornell; Brandyn Curry, Harvard) and two others from Philadelphia Big 5 schools (Tyreek Duren, La Salle; Maalik Wayns, Villanova).
Rosen was a candidate last year, as well.
This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final20 by January 1, a final ten by February 1, and a final five by March 1. A premier Selection Committee will be appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers. The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in New Orleans as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (Saint Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and last year's recipient Kemba Walker (Connecticut). For more information on the 2012 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.
A two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Rosen is off to a tremendous start this season. He entered the week 18th nationally in scoring (20.8 ppg), 12th in free-throw percentage (.925), 15th in three-point FG percentage (.478), 21st in assists per game (6.0), and 26th in three-point FG made per game (2.9). He leads the Ivy League in scoring, assists, and free-throw percentage.
Rosen is currently 13th on Penn's all-time scoring list, with 1,350 points, and he has 481 career assists which is only 24 behind the all-time leader, his current head coach Jerome Allen. Rosen is also sixth all-time in career three-pointers (182) andminutes played (3,370), and eighth in foul shots made (362).
As a team, Penn is 5-6 and will host Marist this Friday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Davidson and Duke during the holiday week.