It has been a competitive year in college basketball and it’s almost time to start deciding who the player of the year is. There have been many players this year that have played great and are deserving of the award. Players like:
Anthony Davis – Kentucky
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Kentucky
Jared Sullinger – Ohio State
But in my opinion, I would give it to Kansas junior Thomas Robinson. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Kansas. Many analysts had them taking a back seat in the Big 12 to Baylor or Missouri. They lost the Morris twins to the draft and prize recruit Ben McLemore was declared ineligible 2011-2012 season. With such losses, many teams in college basketball would be lucky to get into the tournament. Thomas Robinson had a different plan. The junior forward came out strong and playing with a purpose. He has been dominating this year averaging 17.6 ppg to go along with 12 rpg. He has been a monster in the paint causing havoc on the opposing team. Kanas is ranked 8th this week in the AP Top 25 with a 18-4 record. He gave Duke a run for their money at the Maui Invitational scoring 16 points and clawing 15 rebounds against the Plumlees. He also had a monster game against Baylor scoring 27 points with 14 rebounds against what was then the third best team in the country.
Robinson is playing like a man among boys, outhustling the opposition’s big man. His level of playing has skyrocket his status for the 2012 NBA Draft. Many scouts see him being drafted in the top 8. He has good size at 6’8 to go along with a great motor.
Runner-up would be Kidd-Gilchrist. He has done it all for Kentucky. He can score, defend, rebound, pass, and energize the whole team. Every time I have watched him play I always see him guarding the opposition’s best player and holding him to minimal points. He takes it as a personal challenge to guard the opposition best player. Gilchrist has tremendous strength as he display when he attacks the rim without fear, scoring a layup while being fouled. The kid is all heart and a joy to watch. In my opinion, he exemplifies all the reasons why college basketball athletes are my entertaining to watch then NBA players. No wonder Coach Cal declared him the MVP of the first half for his Wildcats.
During the 1st 5 games of the season Jeremy Lamb was the clear-cut favorite..But lately he's slowed down a bit..
Right now there are no clear favorite,but there are guys like Robinson,Anthony Davis,Barnes & Sullinger that have been consistent all year...This might be 1 of those years when we have several different media outlets giving a different guy that award..
Thomas Robinson is actually 6'10, and is a very legit candidate to win POTY. In fact he's nearly a lock for the top 3.
But I would argue you have to give it to Anthony Davis right now. He is the Ben Wallace of college basketball who's a threat on offense. He averages over 4.5 BPG so that's over 9 points a game he directly takes away not counting the numerous other shots he discourages. He is the anchor of the best team in the country and that is why he should win.
4.5 shots blocked, but less then half of shots taken actually go in. So maybe 4 points a game difference. Still the deciding factor in many games.
It is a hard one this year. Robinson has a strong case even Sullinger. Barnes not sure where to put him. Anthony Davis has a case as the best player on the best team in the country. Tough race this year.
Anthony Davis is the best big man in college basketball right now hands down. What happen when Thomas Robinson played against him again I forgot?
I thought Anthony Davis proved in that game that he was big time. I knew Davis would be a top nba prospect based on potential but it was the Kansas game where it showed he could produce to go along with it. Anthony Davis is making a strong case for NPOTY right now.
I know he plays for a small school but I still feel like Doug McDermott has a decent chance as well. Creighton is 21-2 and McDermott is averaging 23.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG while shooting a ridiculous 62.5% from the field, 51.9% from behind the 3-pt line and 82% from the charity stripe.
He's one of the feel good underdog stories of the year, the son of a coach, he played HS with #1 prospect Harrison Barnes, and was overlooked by every team in Div 1.
Sure his competition hasn't always been the best, but he's played well against major conference teams also; 27 points and 71.4 FG% against Northwestern. 25 pts, 9 rebounds and 66.7FG% against Iowa. 24 pts, 12 rebounds and 60FG% versus Nebraska. And against nationally ranked San Diego State he scored 25 pts on 53FG% and grabbed 12 boards to lead Creighton to a 85-83 victory.
I think Mcdermott having a big season. Yeah he's up there to. This is a tough choice.
I remember watching Ames high school playing on TV and of course all the hype was about Barnes. Doug Mcdermott was mentioned as a possible impact player in his first year of college. He could be a possible national player of the year and first team all-american.
Mcdermott, Robinson , Barnes or Davis
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