The third Tar Heel since the award’s inception in 2004 to win the honor of nation’s top point guard.Via UNC:
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that Kendall Marshall from the University of North Carolina is the winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. This annual honor is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. Marshall is the third Tar Heel to win the award, joining Raymond Felton (2005) and Ty Lawson(2009).
An original list, consisting of 60-plus candidates from around the country, was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11 and a final five before voting on the winner of one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.
“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.” “We are privileged to honor Kendall Marshall for his tremendous season,” said Ken Kaufman, Chairman of the Bob Cousy Award and former NABC President. “This young man was an outstanding point guard for the Tar Heels all year. We look forward to honoring Kendall in New Orleans on April 2nd.”
So can someone explain to me why (1) Kendall Marshall was not first team All-ACC and (2) why everyone talks about John Calipari and Kentucky for point guard development when UNC has had three players win this award out of the nine times it has been given. Marshall joins Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson as one of three Tar Heels to win this award. Were it not for being knocked to the floor vs Creighton and breaking his wrist, Marshall would likely be the third Tar Heel to win this award and play in the Final Four two days later. The sophomore point guard ended the season with 351 assists in 36 games which is a UNC and ACC record for assists in one season.
As it stands right now, winning the Cousy Award is does not meet a requirement to have your jersey honored in the Dean Dome. Given this is an award presented by the Naismith Hall of Fame and a national honor at least on par with being an All-American one would hope Roy Williams adds this to the honored jersey requirements and puts Marshall’s #5 in the rafters.