Murray State’s Ja Morant was named among the five finalists for the 2019 Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in NCAA D-I basketball.
Morant, a sophomore from Dalzell, S.C., enters this week’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville, pursuing a feat that has never before been accomplished in NCAA D-I basketball. Averaging 24.1 points per game and 10.3 assists, Morant is trying to become the first player since the assist was made an official stat in 1986 to average 20/10. Morant is tops in the nation in assists per game and over the weekend became just the 14th player to dish out 300 assists in a season. Morant long ago raced past the MSU and OVC single-season records.
The finalists for the 2019 Cousy honor, along with Morant are: Markus Howard (Marquette), Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), Tremont Waters (LSU) and Cassius Winston (Michigan State).
Murray State fans will also get a say in the winner of the Cousy award. Fans can visit www.HoophallAwards.com to vote for Morant from March 8-29.
The presentation of the award will take place at the ESPN’s College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s live from The Novo presented by Microsoft in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, April 12. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CT.
Legendary point guard Bob Cousy is a Hall of Famer and made his name known as a fabulous pro with the Boston Celtics. The award, named after him, has been given since 2004.

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