Iowa State men’s basketball: Monte Morris makes Bob Cousy Award Watch List


Iowa State guard Monte Morris is on the 2015 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, an annual honor given to the top point guard in college basketball.

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Morris is highly regarded as not only one of the best point guards in the Big 12, but in the nation after his brilliant freshman campaign. Among averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 assists, the guard famously recorded a 4.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, which set a new NCAA record.

The freshman steadily played throughout the season and saw more minutes — generally always over 30 minutes a game — as they got into the Big 12 season. He never had a double-double in terms of points and assists, but that may change this season. Some of his best performances last year were against West Virginia and Kansas State at home when he pushed his assist total into double-digits (had just one turnover combined) and the closest he came to a double-double was against Auburn with 12 points and nine assists.

Most recently on the court, details are emerging from a closed scrimmage between Iowa State and Minnesota that Morris was incredible. He had 13 points, five assists, and a turnover, along with beating his opponent, Golden Gophers senior guard Deandre Mathieu, handily. Morris is apparently pushing the tempo even faster than previous Fred Hoiberg squads, meaning that he’s really got a firm grasp on the pace of this team.

There are 36 total players on the Bob Cousy Award Watch List. Other Big 12 players include Juwan Staten from West Virginia, Jordan Woodward of Oklahoma, and Isaiah Taylor of Texas. There are two schools that have multiple candidates: Duke (Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones) and Kentucky (Andrew Harrison, Tyler Ulis).