Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Two Big Sky Point Guards Candidates For Bob Cousy Award

The list for the award for the nation's top point guard is out, and it contains two guys in the Big Sky (though probably not the two Big Sky point guards you would think).

The two candidates are:
Will Cherry of Montana
Stallon Saldivar of Northern Arizona

That leaves one glaring omission, and one I certainly can't explain - Damian Lillard of Weber State. He leads the nation in scoring and ORtg, and he has gotten quite a bit of national press, so I am not sure why he did not make the list. He has started at PG this year for every game, so there is no doubt what position he plays.

That said, I don't want to take away from Saldivar and Cherry, who both deserved to be mentioned here as well. Cherry has not had a huge offensive improvement, but he is still a solid passer and distributor, as well as being one of the best perimeter defenders in the country.

Saldivar led the conference in assists last season, and his ARate has gone up, currently at 35.1% as he looks poised to lead the conference again. In addition, he has shown some solid offensive improvement to his outside game, as he is shooting about 43% from downtown this season.

Kudos to those guys, who have earned this honor.

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