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McKinley Wright named as finalist for Bob Cousy Award

Wright is one of 10 finalists.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Southern California Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes have one of the very best guards in all of college basketball. After 14 weeks of play, McKinley Wright IV has been named as one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the best point guard in the nation.

Playing nearly every minute of every game, Wright is averaging 13.4 points, 5.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. He’s also averaging a steal game and is shooting 35% from three. Beyond the stats, he’s the emotional leader of the 24th ranked Buffaloes, the engine behind the most efficient offense in the Pac-12 (per KenPom.com), and the perimeter stopped of the 17th-rated defense in the nation.

The other nine finalists for the Cousy Award are Devon Dotson (Kansas), Payton Pritchard (Oregon), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State), Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State), Jared Butler (Baylor), Ashton Hagans (Kentucky), Tre Jones (Duke) and Markus Howard (Marquette).

Wright is unlikely to win the award — I would bet on Pritchard or Dotson — but it’s an honor to be recognized as one of the best in the country.