Two of the hottest teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) are the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Miami Hurricanes. On Feb. 7th, 2013, it became known that N.C. State’s Lorenzo Brown and Miami’s Shane Larkin are two of the 12 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the NCAA’s top point guard. Past winners of the Bob Cousy Award include North Carolina‘s Raymond Felton (2005), Tywon Lawson (2009), and last year’s winner, Kendall Marshall (2012).
Brown is currently leading the ACC in assists with 6.9 per game and he ranks second in the ACC in steals with 2.1 per game. In addition, Brown averages 12.7 points (19th in the ACC), maintains a 77% free throw percentage (8th in the ACC) and 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio while playing 33.8 minutes per game.
Larkin averages 12.8 points (17th in the ACC), 4.1 assists (6th in the ACC), He also leads the ACC in steals per game with 2.3 and maintains a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Both players are critical to the success of their respective teams. Their styles of play resemble one another very closely. Moreover, Brown and Larkin are arguably the top two point guards in the ACC. Based on their recognition for the Bob Cousy Award, they represent two of the top point guards in the nation. If one of them wins the award, it will come down to how well their respective teams fare in the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament. In my opinion, reaching the Final Four will be key to each individual winning this award. Both Brown and Larkin are underclassmen. Hopefully, we will see more of them next season. Until then, we can enjoy one of the most competitive ACC conferences from top to bottom in a long time. Congratulations are in order for both individuals.