Arizona’s McConnell Named a Cousy Award Finalist - Tucson News Now

Arizona’s McConnell Named a Cousy Award Finalist

 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Arizona senior T.J. McConnell has been named one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award presented by College of Holy Cross, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday.

McConnell is joined among the award's finalists by Tyus Jones (Duke), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Delon Wright (Utah) and Fred VanVleet (Wichita State).

The winner of the 2015 Bob Cousy Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Hall of Fame's selection committee. Fans are encouraged to visit cousyaward.com to cast their votes from March 9-18.

The winner will be presented the Bob Cousy Award at ESPN's new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's from Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 10.

McConnell paces the Pac-12 with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.25 and ranks second in the league with an average of 6.3 assists per game, leading active Pac-12 players with 397 assists despite playing just 69 games in an Arizona uniform. He also ranks seventh nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and 11th in the country in assists per game.

He averages 9.6 points per game on the season, and stepped up his offensive output in Pac-12 play with an average of 11.1 points per contest. The Pittsburgh native has been efficient on the offensive end of the floor all season, ranking 12th in the Pac-12 in overall field goal percentage (.494) and seventh in league games only (.543).

McConnell has also been a force on defense for Arizona this season, leading the team, ranking third in the Pac-12 and checking in at 20th nationally with an average of 2.1 steals per game. His 65 total steals place him two away from tying Ken Lofton (1989) and Reggie Geary (1996) for ninth on UA's single-season chart.

McConnell has led Arizona in assists in 29 times this season and 58 times in 69-career games with the Wildcats. He has also paced UA in steals 16 times this season and on 38 occasions during his tenure in Tucson. With 397 total assists and 129 total steals during his time at UA, he is approaching the best two-year totals in program history in both statistical categories.

A second-team All-Pac-12 selection as a junior, McConnell has scored in double figures 15 times this season, reached double figures in assists four and recorded two double-doubles.

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