Missouri’s Phil Pressey is on quite the roll lately (with his part in Laurence Bowers‘ sprained MCL notwithstanding). On Monday he was named the SEC Player of the Week. On Tuesday he turned in an eleven point, 13 assist double-double as the Tigers beat Alabama by 16 in their conference opener. That performance came on the heels of his season high 26 points against Bucknell on Saturday and he’s dished out a total of 48 (that’s forty-eight!) assists in his last four games.
Things got a little sweeter for Mizzou’s floor general today when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame revealed the 20 “watch list finalists” for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award. As you can surmise from the title above, Pressey was one of those finalists. The award is handed out to the nation’s top point guard in college basketball.
While no one from Kansas or Kansas State is in the running, two members of the Big 12 are as Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Baylor’s Pierre Jackson made the latest cut along with Pressey. The other players still in the running are:
- Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
- Andre Hollins, Minnesota
- Jahii Carson, Arizona State
- Quinn Cook, Duke
- Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
- Keith Appling, Michigan State
- Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
- Kendall Williams, New Mexico
- Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State
- Aaron Craft, Ohio State
- D.J. Cooper, Ohio
- Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
- Mark Lyons, Arizona
- Ray McCallum, Detroit
- Peyton Siva, Louisville
- Trey Burke, Michigan
- Erick Green, Virginia Tech
This group will be cut down to ten in early February and then cut in half again at the beginning from March. The 2013 honoree will be selected from that final group of five and will be announced the day of the NCAA’s National Championship game (April 8th).
There is no doubt that the above list is an incredibly talented collection of players, but that said I would be absolutely shocked if Pressey isn’t included in the group of ten that will be revealed next month.