Yogi Ferrell named to watch list for 2014 Cousy Award

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Indiana sophomore Yogi Ferrell has been named to the 45-player watch list for the 2014 Cousy Award, which is awarded annually to the top point guard in college basketball.

Ferrell is joined by Michigan State’s Keith Appling, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier as the four Big Ten players on the list, which was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee earlier today.

As a freshman, Ferrell started all 36 games for the Big Ten champion Hoosiers and averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

The Cousy Award was first given in the 2003-2004 season. Two Big Ten players have won the award: Dee Brown (Illinois, 2006) and Trey Burke (Michigan, 2013).

According to a press release, the watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February and then to a final five by early March.

The complete watch list is available after the jump.

2014 Bob Cousy Award watch list

Trevor Releford, Alabama
TJ McConnell, Arizona
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Derrick Marks, Boise State
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley
Justin Cobbs, California
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Billy Baron, Canisus
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Quinn Cook, Duke
Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast
Kasey Hill, Florida
Devon Bookert, Florida State
Markel Starks, Georgetown
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay
Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Brandyn Curry, Harvard
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jake Odum, Indiana State
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Elfrid Payton, Lafayette
Jason Brickman, Long Island-Brooklyn
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Chris Jones, Louisville
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Michael Dixon, Memphis
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Dominic Artis, Oregon
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Kris Dunn, Providence
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Preston Medlin, Utah State
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington
Semaj Christon, Xavier
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State

  • Rory

    Tim Frazier is also on the list

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Thanks. Fixed.

  • Miamihoosier

    Ferrell’s jumper is supposedly much improved….it needs to be. Appling is inconsistent at best offensively, Craft can’t shoot it into the ocean, Tim Frazier’s defense is suspect, Yogi has got to be the league’s best point guard for us to have a chance to defend our title. I know a lot of people think we are going to finish anywhere from 4th-6th, but if Yogi takes the Sophomore leap Vic and Will did, he can dominate the most important position on the floor and we’ll be in every game. I look for him to have a huge game against Syracuse. At 6″5, Michael Carter-Williams ate him alive earlier this year. I was screaming at the tv for Crean to bench he and Hulls, and let Vic run point. This time, he’ll match up with a 6″1 freshman in Ennis. I’m betting Ferrell turns the tables. We’ll soon find out

  • TJ21

    Are there any PG’s not on this list……seems pretty watered down

  • Snookafly

    Those are a ton of names, but I think Yogi is as good as anyone on the list. He’ll have to ramp up his offense, but I believe he’s going to show us some things this year for sure.

  • plane1972

    Iowa State fans might disagree with you on Craft’s shot. Broke a lot of hearts with that buzzer beater. One of the great debates in college basketball: Is Craft overrated?

    I agree that Yogi is primed to surprise a lot of people this year, including plenty of IU fans.

  • Miamihoosier

    I don’t think Craft is overrated. I think he could develop into a Rajon Rondo on the right team. Rondo is a comparably poor shooter, but found a way to matter offensively. I’m more focused on Ferrell. Ty Lawson was devastating as a Junior. No one could stay in front of him, the dude averaged like 17 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals, and made that offense run like a Ferrari. I remember he just embarrassed Kalin Lucas in the National Championship game. I have no doubt Yogi can be just as good, and there isn’t anyone in the Big Ten that should have an answer for him. But: 1. He has to be our unquestioned leader…not Will, not Noah, he has to be our general. 2. He has to be able to hit the mid range jumper. 3. He has to continue to get better defensively. IMO, he WILL be those things as a Junior for us, he MIGHT be those things some time this year. If and when will determine how good this 2013 team is.

  • plane1972

    Agreed with everything about Yogi. Cannot agree with mentioning Craft in the same breath as Rondo. Rondo is a triple-double waiting to happen. Craft isn’t that.

  • BigD

    I thought this was the day Blackman was to tell where he is going AGAIN. Has anybody heard?

  • Miamihoosier

    Anybody who is a fan of college basketball in general and not just IU, go check out that ESPN article on Marcus Smart from big 12 media days addressing the Andrew Wiggins hype….Marcus Smart is now my 14th favorite college player, just after Peter Jurkin……..I hope he embarrasses Wiggins.

  • Michael Crawley

    I just read the article petty good but PJ will not embarrass Wiggins. Although I would love to be wrong.

  • Miamihoosier

    Maybe I wasn’t clear Michael, I was referring to Smart embarrassing the freshman, certainly not Jurkin. If Jurkin embarrasses any opponent this year, it will far surpass many people’s expectations.

  • IUMIKE1

    Did you sneak into Crean’s office and steal the paper that had this stuff on it before he could put the sticky note on it that said, ” give to Yogi ASAP “.

    On a side note it will be interesting to see how, Aaron Wittle Wosey Cheeks Craft, does defensively if the new emphasis on hand checking and such is enforced like they say it is going to be.

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