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Marshall wins Cousy award for top point guard

Posted March 29, 2012

— 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. UNC vs NCST Our Lens on Kendall Marshall

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. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

"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).

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  • Tarheel born Mar 30, 12:26 p.m.

    ". It took a horrible no-call to seal the deal for Carolina in that ACC semifinal... View More

    — Posted by forautumn

    Not to mention that the no-call should have been a +1 for Marshall.

    — Posted by heelman73

    It would have been a 1-and-1 (or was it the double bonus at that point), which would have... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    If a frog had wings he wouldn't bust his when he hopped. Quite hopping and hoping. We deserved to win. We should have gotten a blocking foul but we didn't. We did win by beating you (State). Get over it. That W will never be changed to L in any scorebook, record book or any other book.

    GO HEELS!!

  • Tarheel born Mar 30, 12:16 p.m.

    UNC has all eligible players return...Disagree. They had all eligible players and shouldn't... View More

    — Posted by fbguru

    Get over it. We did win. We deserved to win.

    GO HEELS!!

  • zonk Mar 30, 11:34 a.m.

    tbk If a frog had wings his rear would not drag the ground.

  • arfamr1007 Mar 30, 11:32 a.m.

    Speaking of people not ready...why are Rivers and Plumlee entering the draft? They both suck.

  • Tarheel born Mar 30, 11:15 a.m.

    He's overrated and NOT NBA ready to say the least. Still don't like the way he implied that... View More

    — Posted by ElvisPresleyJr

    And what would you know about player evaluations over what Coach Roy and all his contacts at the NBA level know? The answer is NOTHING!! And, by the way he was so over rated that he beat regularly beat the team you pull for. So so sad how your shortcomings shine through in basketball knowledge.

    GO HEELS!!

  • Objective Scientist Mar 30, 11:13 a.m.

    Deny all you want. You will be praising the Pack this time next year.

    Not if "The Swoff" stays on as ACC Commissioner. Heh. He'll NEVER allow state college... View More

    — Posted by GoLower

    To suggest that the Commissioner of any conference "manipulates" and/or favors one team/school over another is faulty "thinking", if it can even be labeled or dignified with the word "thinking". It is a FACT - John Swofford was a student and football player at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as the AD there for many years. Swofford is a man of integrity - disagree with him on issues if you will - but he has integrity and would never make a decision for the conference that would favor one school over another. Even if he were to entertain such thoughts and proceeded to act upon them... don't think for a second that all schools are not "keeping a close eye on him", and would immediately "call him out" on anything that would be favorable to UNC and not to other schools. Com 'on!

  • hintonpp2 Mar 30, 9:09 a.m.

    K-Butter...Keep dropping them dimes. I'd love to have you around another year. But, you'll go to hopefully a Good team ( 15-20 draft pick ) and learn from a vet.

  • tommybrownnc Mar 30, 8:25 a.m.

    While I appreciate the sentiment, State is on pace to compete for the ACC next year, no matter... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    TUK - Please change your name to "Truth Is Always - Next Year, Next Year...and Wait...Next... View More

    — Posted by 1993 Tarheel

    It's next year for EVERY team except for four. This year was solid, next year is going to be... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    YOU MEAN YOU'RE NOT A DOOK BBBALL FAN ANYMORE? I THOUGHT ALL STATE FBALL FANS WERE DOOK BBALL... View More

    — Posted by 879wins

    It ain't so. There. Happy now?

  • arfamr1007 Mar 30, 7:45 a.m.

    K butta is a great point guard and will be badly missed next season. He'll be ok in the nba but I hate that he's leaving.

  • Zaknow Mar 30, 6:27 a.m.

    Congratulations to Kendall for winning this award. He had a great year!

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