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Isaiah Thomas: East Coast bias is alive, well

In an interview with the Arizona Republic Washington guard Isaiah Thomas was asked if playing on the West Coast hurts his case for being seen as one of the nation's top point guards.

"It definitely does," Thomas said. "Just being on the West Coast, period. Basketball's kind of East Coast biased. There are a lot of politics involved. The games you usually see on TV are from the Big East or games involving the top teams in the country."

The topic had been raised when Thomas was asked if he feels he belongs in a group of elite point guards that includes Connecticut's Kemba Walker, with Thomas replying, "I think so. Kemba Walker is a great point guard, but I feel like I'm up there with him. He does a lot more than I do for my team because that's what he has to do for his team to win. But I feel like I'm one of the best point guards in the country and that has a lot to do with my teammates."

Thomas and Walker are both among the 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, which is annually given to college basketball's top point guard. The 5-foot-9 Thomas has really taken off since backcourt mate Abdul Gaddy went down with a season-ending injury.

Thomas was named Pac-10 player of the week for the third time after recently averaging 22.5 points and five assists while shooting 56.5 percent from the field in wins against Cal and Stanford.