Congratulations to De’Aaron Fox, who was just named one of ten finalists for the 2017 Bob Cousy award, which is awarded annually to college basketball’s top point guard. Fox is one of four freshmen to make the list of 10 finalists, joining NC State’s Dennis Smith, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Washington’s Markelle Fultz.
Fox has slipped a little bit the past few weeks, but he’s made his mark as one of the nation’s fastest and craftiest players. Fox is currently averaging 15.9 points, 5.7 assists and 1.6 steals. His 5.7 assists per game ranks 23rd in the country, fourth among all freshmen and first in the SEC, while his 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is third in the conference. His 120 assists are slightly behind where Tyler Ulis (124) was through the first 21 games last season when he went on to break the school’s single-season assists record.
Fox already has a team-leading four double-doubles by way of points and assists, which includes his historic triple-double against Arizona State — the second triple-double in school history and first since Chris Mills did it Dec. 27, 1988. The Houston native has 10 games of six assists or more, and is also among the players listed for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Trophy and Wayman Tisdale Award for the nation’s player and freshman of the year, respectively.
The winner of the Bob Cousy award will be announced on ESPN’s College Basketball Awards show on April 7; if you’ll remember, Tyler Ulis won it last year. Because I miss Tyler a little right now, let’s relive that moment: