Ferrell, Blackmon Jr., Williams on watch lists for national awards

  • 10/13/2015 10:23 am in

A trio of Indiana players are on award watch lists announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Senior guard Yogi Ferrell is on the watch list for the 2016 Bob Cousy Award, which honors the nation’s top point guard. Other Big Ten point guards on the Cousy watch list include Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig and Maryland’s Melo Trimble.

Sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. was named to the watch list for the 2016 Jerry West Award, which honors the nation’s top shooting guard. Other Big Ten shooting guards on the West watch list include Maryland’s Rasheed Suliamon and Michigan’s Caris LeVert.

Junior forward Troy Williams was named to the watch list for the 2016 Julius Erving Award, which honors the nation’s top small forward. Also on the Erving watch list from the Big Ten are Maryland’s Jake Layman, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes.

Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan was the only Big Ten player named to the watch list for the 2016 Karl Malone Award, which honors the nation’s top power forward. Twenty players are named to each watch list.

The watch list for the 2016 Kareem Abdul-Jabar Center of the Year Award will be announced on Friday.

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  • inLinE6

    Thomas Bryant could be on the center watch list?

  • TomJameson

    I don’t seriously think it will happen, but wouldn’t it be a kick in the pants if RJ shot lights out this year and hijacked that award? LOL

    It is great to see a team with so much talent. I hope they can be guided to a deep NCAA run. I’m excited about the offense, I love the “complete” roster (although could be a little deeper at the center), and I’m not worried about the defense (IMO it will be fairly good this year and get better as the year progresses).

    My biggest concern is the end-of-year letdown. I just hope IU doesn’t peak too soon and get worn down so they can’t perform in late Feb and Mar.

  • I usually do not indulge myself in negativity or allow myself to think that way, but I am hearing you. It really does seem like they have a tendency the past several years to peak early.. either that or they have a real season ending ‘letdown’… And, it has happened enough, it does cause some concern… I was hoping that was an anomaly that just wouldn’t be a factor this year.

  • N71

    I can’t help but think its Troy who emerges a star if I look at his rate of improvement so far. Yogi is great of course but his rate of improvement is slowing. James its too early. Troy though should be just arriving and considering his physical gifts the ceiling could be very, very high. If he stays healthy and continued to work on his shot, I’m not sure how you guard him. I agree that Rob could surprise as well as he’s healthy and developed his body well.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I think Troy will make a push for 1st team All American honors this season. He is without a doubt the most athletically gifted guy on the roster and has a mountain of potential. If he becomes a good outside shooter and makes better decisions he will be a lottery pick.

  • straight no chaser

    He has shown that he can make the mid-range and outside shot. I think it’s his passing that needs work.

  • Young Hoosier

    Why is Nigel Hayes on the Julius Erving watch list? Should be on the Karl Malone lost right?

  • marcusgresham

    Shouldn’t Zeisloft be up for the Alex Dillard Award (guy who does the most damage without ever setting foot inside the three-point arc)?

  • Outoftheloop

    LeVert is a SF, Hayes and Layman are PF’s in college. Suliamon is damaged goods. Go IU!

  • Outoftheloop

    The key for Troy is not athletic ability, it is always decision making, team (not individual) play, and shot making at critical late game moments!

  • Outoftheloop

    That is all coaching. No team works harder and plays under a more demanding coach than MSU. But Izzo’s teams always play at their best in late February and March!

  • Young Hoosier

    LeVert is a SG. Layman is a SF. They have that right. But Hayes is a PF.

  • Outoftheloop

    Irvin is more the SG, LeVert is expected to provide heavy rebounding at MI. But actually SG and SF are the same. Layman will be the 2nd Big on the floor with their Big freshman

  • TomJameson

    And Troy actually said that, not in quite your words though. He did say he needed to work on his decision making and making others better around him. His outside shot started to get much better toward season end, I just want him to become a little better and more consistent.

  • TomJameson

    Always room for improvement, but I saw some amazing passes from Troy last year. Again, consistency is the key to his whole game!

  • straight no chaser

    Actually his shots were always good. He was 50% on 3-ppt shooting in Canada (on 2 shots total, lol).

  • curtis south

    This is a team wide statement! The whole team seam’s to get in this mindset that “we are just gonna run without thinking” it will not work in the B1G! It will not work in the NCAA period! I hope we (Indiana) can focus more on playing deliberate ball this year!

  • Bill Graham

    Shouldn’t Tracy Abrams be up for the Greg Paulus award (guy who has played NCAA bball for the past 10 years)

  • Bill Graham

    Our key to success this year is having Troy run the point…

  • Bill Graham

    I can’t wait to see how the Bob Cousy Award goes: could be Van Vleet, Hield, Melo, Paige, Yogi, Dunn, or Arc realistically (I think Ulis, Smith-Rivera, Jackson, Taylor) are all slightly outside the top tier.

  • Young Hoosier

    Hield will most likely be in the Jerry West. But then again they have Nigel Hayes on the Erving list. Might as well put Yogi on the Kareem list.

  • Young Hoosier

    Carter will be Marylands 2nd big. But that doesn’t change what Layman is. He’s a SF..

  • Young Hoosier

    That isn’t necessarily catching UK. But Skal could very well be ruled ineligible. It’d be a big hit to them. Skal is good. Really good. But like any other year they have a lot of talent.

  • TomJameson

    9th best offense in the NCAA is not just running without thinking. People have problems with this offense, I understand that, but it is a really good offense that works, but you have to have all the pieces for that to happen. This year should be even better than last year.