The 2017 Bob Cousy Award preseason watch list was announced on Monday, with Davidson’s Jack Gibbs one of two mid-major point guards to make the cut.
Gibbs is clearly worthy. He’s the most likely player in the A-10 to drop 30 points on a given night, and let’s not forget that he put 41 points on Charlotte with the greatest Wildcat of them all in the building. That must have been a special kind of pressure.
What a cool moment for Jack Gibbs, eh? pic.twitter.com/o5mJphXX4H— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) December 2, 2015
This post isn’t meant to cast doubt on Gibbs’ worthiness. Instead, it’s just another edition of a great American pastime: snub talk. Here a few other A-10 guards that could’ve made the cut but didn’t.
Jaylen Adams (Junior, St. Bonaventure)
The Bonnies feel the snub’s cold embrace yet again. Adams, an all-conference first-teamer, was at the heart of the great offense (KenPom No. 39) that put St. Bonaventure on the cusp of tournament. He’s a dynamic offensive force that can create for himself (17.9 points per game, 57.0 eFG%) and others (5.0 assists per game). The junior will need to keep it up after the Bonnies lost Marcus Posley to graduation.
JeQuan Lewis (Senior, VCU)
Lewis is the latest in a long line of quality VCU guards. Will Wade kept up the tempo after taking over for Shaka Smart, and Lewis, in turn, engineered a solid offense (KenPom No. 56, 31.2% ARate). He had his best year from the free throw line (85.7 percent) and shooting the three (41.5 percent on 112 attempts). He’s a great defender that’ll be at the center of another VCU team competing for a league title.
Joseph Chartouny (Sophomore, Fordham)
This takes a little faith and imagination, but the reigning A-10 Rookie of the Year is a triple-double waiting to happen. He came close last year against Davidson with 24 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Chartouny’s smooth, easy game translated immediately to the D-I level (11.3 ppg, 36.0% ARate) and he’ll be surrounded by more playmakers this season with the additions of graduate transfer Javontae Hawkins and JuCo transfer Will Tavares.
Did we commit the ultimate snub and leave someone off this list (Jarvis Garrett, Scoochie Smith)? Let us know in the comments.