Monte Morris named one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Award

Jan 21, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) passes the ball in front of Oklahoma Sooners forward Kristian Doolittle (11) during the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State senior Monté Morris has been named as one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard.

Morris is averaging a career-best 16.4 points plus 4.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game so far this season. He leads the nation with a 5.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

On Saturday, the Flint, Mich. native broke Iowa State’s career record for assists (666) in a loss to Vanderbilt. He joined Jeff Hornacek earlier this season as the only players in program history with 1,000 points, 600 assists and 200 steals.

He’s currently fourth all-time in Big 12 history in career assists.

The list of nominees will be narrowed to five in March. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 7. You can see the other finalists below.

2017 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of the Holy Cross Finalists

Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga

Monté Morris, Iowa State

Frank Mason, Kansas

De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Joel Berry II, North Carolina

Dennis Smith, North Carolina State

Lonzo Ball, UCLA

Jalen Brunson, Villanova

Markelle Fultz, Washington

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