Dosunmu, one of the 10 best candidates for the Cousy Prize | Sports

Dosunmu, one of the 10 best candidates for the Cousy Prize |  Sports

CHAMPAIGN – Consider Ayo Dosunmu a little closer to achieving one of the goals he mentioned in the video announcing his return to Illinois for the 2020-21 season. Junior Illini had the Cousy Prize in mind at the time, and he was named one of the top 10 candidates for the prize on Monday.

While point guards can still play their way on and off the roster, Dosunmu has a head start as one of the top 10 contenders. The 6-foot-5 goaltender is averaging 21.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season for the No.19 Illini (10-5, 6-3 Big Ten). Dosunmu is one of two players nationally, along with northern Arizona junior guard Cameron Shelton, with at least 21 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Jared Butler of Baylor, McKinley Wright IV of Colorado, Marcus Zegarowski of Creighton, Scottie Barnes of Florida State, Jalen Suggs of Gonaga, Carlik Jones of Louisville, Marcus Carr of Minnesota, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State and Collin Gillespie of Villanova se will join Dosunmu as the top 10 nominees.

The reigning Cousy Prize winner is former Oregon guard Payton Pritchard. Former Illinois guard Dee Brown won the award in 2006.

The Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award is presented in honor of the former leader of Holy Cross and the Boston Celtics. Cousy was a first-team Consensus All-American (1950) and National Champion (1947) at Holy Cross, then was a six-time champion and 13-time All-Star with the Celtics.

Scott Richey is a journalist covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey @news-gazette.com, and you can follow it on Twitter (@srrichey).

Via: www.news-gazette.com

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