Gonzaga Bulldogs senior point guard Josh Perkins was named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List on Monday. The award recognizes the best point guard in college basketball.
Villanova Wildcat guard Jalen Brunson won the award last year. A national committee of college basketball personel determined the 20-man list of candidates. By mid-February, the list will be whittled down to 10 players, and eventually to five finalists. The award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on April 12.
Perkins is one of the many faces of this Gonzaga squad, and has helped lead the team to three-straight Sweet 16 appearances, with a national championship game trickled in for fun. Last season, he averaged 5.3 assists per game, and his 478 career assists rank sixth in program history. He has a career high 10 assists in a win over Loyola Marymount on Jan. 6, 2018.
He will have plenty of opportunities to build on his totals as one of the premier point guards from a university with a rich history at that position. Perkins enters the season 190 career assists behind the all-time Gonzaga record holder and Matt Santangelo. Presumably, if the Zags play 37 games (Perkins career average per year) this season, and Perkins averages at least 5.14 assists per game, he will leave the school as the all-time leader in assists.
Until then, he can enjoy his time on the Bob Cousy Award Watch List as one of the nation’s top point guards.