Rosen makes Cousy Award cut

Zack Rosen continues to make a splash on the national stage.

The senior has made it to the semifinals for the Bob Cousy Award, presented to the top point guard in NCAA Division I basketball by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rosen is the last Ivy League and Big 5 guard standing. Three Ivy players and two Big 5 players were in the running, but missed the most recent cut, down from 65 to 20.

Rosen is among the best in the nation in several categories. He is 9th in free-throw percentage at .919, 18th in assists per game with 6.2 and 29th in scoring with 19.1 points per game.

In Penn's 78-73 win over Lafayette, Rosen passed his coach, Jerome Allen, for the most career assists in Penn history with 506.

Rosen currently leads the Ivy League in scoring, assists per game and minutes per game.

Rosen will be competing against the top players in the country for the award, including Duke's Seth Curry, North Carolina's Kendall Marshall and Xavier's Tu Holloway.

The current list of 20 players will be cut down to 10 in early February and to five by early March. The Cousy Award will be awarded on April 2nd in New Orleans as part of the Final Four.

Zack Rosen named candidate for Bob Cousy Award

For the second-straight year, Zack Rosen is up for the Bob Cousy Award. Rosen is up against 64 other point guards throughout the country, including locals Tyreek Duran (La Salle) and Maalik Wayns (Villanova).

PGs from several Ivy schools made the list as well — Columbia's Brian Barbour, Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Harvard's Brandyn Curry. Check the full list here.

Rosen currently ranks No. 14 in the country among guards in points per game (20.8) and No. 21 in assists per game (6.0).

The field of 65 will be narrowed to 20 by the New Year, and continues to split in half each month until the winner is announced during the Final Four weekend in New Orleans.

Rosen named Bob Cousy Award candidate

1205010_BasketballVsArmy047Star point guard and junior Zack Rosen was named one of 66 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award today. The award is given annually to the best point guard in any division of men's college basketball.

Rosen is surely a longshot for the award, which was awarded to the likes of Greivis Vasquez (Maryland) and Ty Lawson (North Carolina) the past two years. But to be nominated in that vein is a testament to 2009-10 all-Ivy player's talents and efforts.

The field of 66 will be narrowed to 20 on January 3rd (when Rosen and Penn take on Kentucky), and then again to 10 and again to five finalists by March. Cornell's Chris Wroblewski is the only other Ivy League guard nominated.

Big 5 Nominees include Corey Fisher (Villanova) and Juan Fernandez (Temple). And those Big 5 buffs out there will remember that St. Joseph's guard Jameer Nelson took the inaugural award in 2004.

For those unfamiliar with the award (from the Cousy Award website): "The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard."

The entire list of nominees follows after the jump.

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