Marshall wins Cousy award for top point guard
Posted March 29, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — University of North Carolina sophomore Kendall Marshall was named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award Thursday, honoring the top point guard in the nation.
Marshall led the nation in assists and assist-turnover ratio and was second in assists per game. He set an ACC record with 351 assists which placed him fourth in NCAA single-season history. He played in 36 games this season averaging 33 minutes per contest before fracturing a bone in his right wrist that sidelined him for the final two games of the NCAA Tournament.
"Kendall had one of the finest season-long performances by a point guard that I can remember, so it is fitting for him to win the Bob Cousy Award," said head coach Roy Williams. "He made it almost routine to have a game with 10 or more assists, something that just doesn't happen on a regular basis. He is a coach's dream - the way he runs the team on the floor, exemplifies great leadership and makes each of his teammates better."
Marshall, a second-team All-ACC selection, becomes the third Tar Heel to win the award following Raymond Felton in 2005 and Ty Lawson in 2009. He set an ACC single-season record with 17 double-figure assist games, holds five of UNC's top eight all-time single-game assist totals and set an ACC Tournament record with 31 assists in three games.
"The Hall of Fame is proud to present one of college basketball's premier awards to Kendall Marshall from the University of North Carolina," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "All season Kendall exemplified the type of leadership that Bob Cousy demonstrated throughout his Hall of Fame career, and we are honored to add him to the prestigious list of previous collegiate floor generals who elevated their teammates every time them stepped on the court."
The other 2012 finalists included Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's), Damian Lillard (Weber State) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas).