Evan Turner: Player of the Year
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ohio State junior swingman Evan Turner is the runaway choice as The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year.
The 6-foot-7 Turner, who averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December. The Buckeyes went .500 without him and then went on to win the Big Ten championship after he returned.
He is the first Ohio State player to win the award since Gary Bradds in 1964. Jerry Lucas of the Buckeyes won it in 1961 and 1962.
Kentucky freshman John Wall received nine votes, while Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia and Luke Harangody of Notre Dame each got one.
I thought Wall would receive more votes.
No suprise here as Turner was the heart and soul of that team...he opened up everything for everybody else. Ohio State was only average without him...a number 2 seed with him.
I think the reason Wall didnt win it was because of the surrounding talent on Kentucky, Wall didnt have to dominate. And quite frankly during the SEC conference season, Wall struggled at times. He never really had that signature game. Like the heisman trophy candidates need that "signature game"...I think Turner had that against purdue when he had 30 somethin points...that and his absolutely lights out Big 10 tournament.