Four Big 12 players were named to the 2021 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award watch list, announced on Monday.
Baylor junior Jared Butler, Kansas senior Marcus Garrett, Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham and Texas senior Matt Coleman III are all on the watch list for the award given to the nation’s best point guard at the end of the season.
The winner of the award will be announced on April 9, 2021.
Butler was one of the most consistent players in the Big 12 last year, averaging 16 points per game, which makes him the leading returning scorer in the conference entering next season. Butler also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists per game.
Garrett, a senior, averaged 9.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game last year, along with winning the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Cunningham, a true freshman, goes to Oklahoma State as the No. 1 recruit in the 2020 Class, as ranked by 247Sports.com. Cunningham is a likely starter for the Cowboys, despite being a true freshman.
Coleman III led the team in scoring (12.7 per game), assists (3.4 per game), steals (40) and minutes (33.6 per game) while adding 3.0 rebounds per game last year.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Payton Pritchard, Oregon (2020), Ja Morant, Murray State (2019), Jalen Brunson, Villanova (2018), Frank Mason III, Kansas (2017), Tyler Ulis, Kentucky (2016), Delon Wright, Utah (2015), Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A&M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).
2021 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Candidates
Remy Martin, Arizona State
Jared Butler, Baylor
McKinley Wright IV, Colorado
Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton
Jalen Crutcher, Dayton
Scottie Barnes, Florida State
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
Marcus Garrett, Kansas
Javonte Smart, LSU
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
Colbey Ross, Pepperdine
Fatts Russell, Rhode Island
Jacob Gilyard, Richmond
Geo Baker, Rutgers
Bryce Aiken, Seton Hall
Matt Coleman III, Texas
Collin Gillespie, Villanova
Kihei Clark, Virginia
D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin