Villanova Wildcats guard Jalen Brunson was named as a finalist for the 2017 Bob Cousy Award on Monday morning.
Brunson, a sophomore, has been one of the best floor generals in the Big East Conference this year so it comes as no surprise that he’s receiving national recognition. The Stevenson High School alum is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field, a serious uptick from his marks in his terrific freshman year.
Ten finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard: pic.twitter.com/PnpTh8DZT1— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) January 30, 2017
As the above list would entail, Brunson is among the nation’s elite. The likes of Monte Morris (Iowa State Cyclones), Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga Bulldogs), Frank Mason (Kansas Jayhawks) as well as De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky Wildcats), Melo Trimble (Maryland Terrapins), Dennis Smith (North Carolina State Wolfpack), Markelle Fultz (Washington Huskies) and Joel Berry II (North Carolina Tar Heels) are up for the award as of this juncture.
If nothing else, this is terrific recognition for Brunson in his sophomore year. He’s no doubt a contender for the award if he keeps up the numbers that he’s putting up, and so far, little has slowed him down.