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Cousy Award finalists announced

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On Monday, the Naismith Hall of Fame announced the finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the top point guard in college basketball.

The 23 finalists were announced and the list will be cut down to five in March before the award is presented later in the season by Cousy.

The list features a lot of familiar names from around college basketball including freshman sensation Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and senior veterans like Keith Appling of Michigan State and Aaron Craft of Ohio State.

2014 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Kyle Anderson, UCLA

Keith Appling, Michigan State

Eric Atkins, Notre Dame

Jason Brickman, LIU Brooklyn

Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Siyani Chambers, Harvard

Justin Cobbs, California

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana 

DeAndre Kane, Iowa State

T.J. McConnell, Arizona

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

James Robinson, Pittsburgh

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Juwan Staten, West Virginia

Xavier Thames, San Diego State

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

Chaz Williams, Massachusetts

Kendall Williams, New Mexico

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.