Michigan State junior Keith Appling was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award today. The award annually is given to the nation’s top point guard.
Other finalists include Michigan’s Trey Burke, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, Louisville’s Peyton Siva, Missouri’s Phil Pressey, Miami’s Shane Larkin, Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams, Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, N.C. State’s Lorenzo Brown, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters and St Mary’s College’s Matthew Dellavedova.
Appling, who is expected to play Saturday against Purdue, is averaging 14.0 points and 4.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds this season. He’s shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range. His clutch play has helped the Spartans enter Saturday’s contest in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with Michigan and Indiana (Hoosiers lost at the buzzer to Illinois tonight).
Fans can vote for the Cousy Award here.
A few other news items.
* Johnny Adams, Le’Veon Bell, William Gholston and Dion Sims were among those invited to the NFL’s scouting combine. The complete list of participants is here.
Gholston grades out the highest of the group with a mark of 74.1 and compares to Cory Redding in the analysis at NFL.com. Bell has a grade at 71.2 and compares to LeGarrette Blount. Adams grade out at 68.1 and compares to Jabari Greer. Sims has a 68 grade and compares to Scott Chandler.
* The Great Lakes Loons, the Dodgers’ single-A affiliate based in Midland, is hosting a Michigan Legends Series this summer and a few with Michigan State ties will be part of it. Steve Garvey, Jud Heathcote and Greg Kelser are each part of the series.
Garvey will make his appearance on Wednesday, June 12.Heathcote and Kelser will appear in Midland on Wednesday, Aug. 21.