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McKinley Wright named finalist for Bob Cousy Award

The award goes to the nation’s best guard.

NCAA Basketball: California at Colorado Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

McKinley Wright IV has been named one of ten finalists for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s best point guard.

Wright has been incredible in his senior season. His stats are the same as ever — his usual 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game — but he’s more efficient, more in control, and a better leader on a resurgent Colorado team. The two-time All-Pac-12 nominee is at the top of his game.

According to the CU Sports Information Department, Wright is set only seven assists and 20 rebounds from becoming the first Pac-12 player to surpass 1,600 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds. That record would come after he set the mark for most assists in Colorado history.

With Kin leading from the front, the Buffs are well on their way to the NCAA Tournament, which would be the first time* since 2016 they will appear. Winning the Pac-12 will be a bit tougher, but they are still in contention.

*CU would have made the tournament in 2020, if not for the pandemic.

The other nine finalists for the award are Jared Butler (Baylor), Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton), Scottie Barnes (Florida State), Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois), Carlik Jones (Louisville), Marcus Carr (Minnesota), Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) and Collin Gillespie (Villanova).