Garrett slighted for point guard award


Diante Garrett was overlooked by the selection committee for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is given annually to the "top collegiate male point guard".

The award’s selection committee recently released its list of 20 finalists and DG was a pretty glaring omission if the award is based upon on-court productivity.

Garrett began this week ranked in college basketball’s Top 100 nationally in scoring (72nd), steals (37th), assists (18th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (96th).

The list of semi-finalists includes a number of great players with familiar names like Kemba Walker (UConn), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Nolan Smith (Duke), Jacob Pullen (K-State), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State) and Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech).

Garrett’s numbers and impact on his team stack up favorably with all of them. I’m not saying he should win the award, but I can’t understand how he didn’t make the final 20 candidates.

I ranked the 20 finalists plus Garrett in seven categories: scoring, assists, points accounted for, assist-to-turnover ratio, minutes played, steals and rebounding. One player ranked in the Top 10 in every one of those categories.

Diante Garrett.

A cumulative top five using all of categories would read like this: 1. Walker, 2. Garrett, 3. Tu Holloway (Xavier), 4. Norris Cole (Cleveland State) and 5. Nolan Smith (Duke). And, then there’s a huge drop-off after them.

Nearly all of the finalists play on winning teams. So does Garrett, whose club is 14-4.

Point guards supposedly make their teammates better. Check out the increases in scoring average for Scott Christopherson and Jamie VanderBeken this season. Part of the reason for those increases is getting the ball in good scoring positions, often times courtesy of Garrett.

It’s too bad that Garrett didn’t get extended time on the list of those being considered for a point guard’s top honor. If Garrett can continue his strong overall play, perhaps he can find a seat at the table of Big 12 honorees at season’s end.

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