Rose Named A 2008 Cousy Award Finalist
Feb. 1, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - University of Memphis' Derrick Rose has been named one of 16 finalists for the 2008 Bob Cousy Award, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., announced Friday. The 16 finalists were chosen from a pool of over 60 candidates from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions.
Rose is the second Memphis player to be selected a Cousy Award finalist, as former Tiger Antonio Burks was up for the honor in 2004. This is also the third postseason awards list that Rose was named to this week, as he is also a top-30, mid-season candidate for both the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy.
Rose is second on the team with a 14.1 scoring average and leads the squad with 90 assists (4.5 apg). The 6-foot-3 guard also averages 4.4 boards per game and shoots 48.5 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Rose is ranked among Conference USA leaders in scoring (9th), field goal percentage (14th), assists (5th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (11th). In mid-December, Rose earned his first C-USA Player of the Week honor.
The other 15 Bob Cousy Award finalists are: Texas' D.J. Augustin, UCLA's Darren Collison, South Carolina's Devan Downey, Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon, Butler's Mike Green, Marquette's Dominic James, North Carolina's Ty Lawson, VCU's Eric Maynor, Boston College's Tyrese Rice, Dayton's Brian Roberts, Virginia's Sean Singletary, Alaska-Anchorage's Luke Cooper, Rollins' Johnny Reibel, Grinnell College's David Arsenault and Amherst College's Andrew Olson.
Beginning today, college basketball fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite candidate online at www.cousyaward.com. The top vote-getter from the on-line poll will receive the "Fan Vote," representing one vote to be cast by the Blue Ribbon committee selecting the Award winner. The Blue Ribbon committee is comprised of Hall of Famers including Bob Cousy, Dean Smith and Jim Calhoun, as well as college coaches from Divisions I, II and III, members of the media and additional college basketball experts and celebrities.
The 2008 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford winner will be announced at the NCAA Men's Final Four in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, April 7.
The Tigers (20-0, 6-0 C-USA), ranked No. 1 in both national polls, return to action Saturday, Feb. 2 when they host UTEP (13-6, 4-2 C-USA) at FedExForum. The game, to be televised by CSS (Memphis Comcast digital cable 6), is slated for a 12:00 p.m. (CT) start.