Four Big Ten Point Guards Named to Cousy Award Watch List

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The preseason watch list for the Cousy Award, recognizing the top men's basketball point guard in the country, has been released. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, Michigan State's Keith Appling, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Penn State's Tim Frazier were all named to the preseason list.

Ferrell was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media contingent last season, and collected All-Freshman Team honors from the to the Big Ten's coaches. He started all 36 games and averaged a team-best 4.1 assists per game in helping lead the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1993.

Appling was one of three Michigan State players to collect second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media last season, pacing the Spartans in both scoring (13.4 ppg) and assists (3.4 apg). Michigan State, which enters the 2013-14 campaign ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, advanced to the Sweet 16 last season for the 11th time under head coach Tom Izzo.    

Craft averaged 10.0 points and 4.6 assists per game in leading the Buckeyes to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship and a berth in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the media, was tabbed the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was a Cousy Award semifinalist.

Frazier was forced to sit out the 2012-13 campaign with a leg injury, but returns for his senior season after a standout 2011-12 campaign that earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media. He ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (19.6 ppg) that season, while leading the conference in both assists (5.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).     

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