Thomas Robinson Leading The NPOY Race?
After his massive showing against Baylor yesterday, it seems like Thomas Robinson has separated himself from the pack in the NCAA National Player of the Year race. Kansas lost twins Marcus and Markieff Morris to the NBA and had a number of key freshmen denied eligibility by the NCAA. Still, led by the powerful PF Robinson, they have remained one of the best teams in the nation and have gotten off to a 5-0 start to possibly win their eighth straight Big 12 title.
My pre-season NPOY was Jared Sullinger, who is still a strong candidate, but I think Robinson is taking the lead. We still have quite a bit of season left, but Sullinger will have to really wow voters to surpass what Robinson has done. Sullinger has better shooting percentages than Robinson and is averaging 17.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg for a 16-3 Ohio State squad, but the fact that he suffered through early season injuries definitely hurts him for the award. If he had been able to play in Ohio State's match-up with Kansas, than it might be a different story. Instead, Sullinger sat and Robinson put up another marquee performance in a Jayhawks win.
Right now, in this CBS Sports write-up, Robinson is the leader and Sullinger is in third. Runner-up right now is a mid-major putting up high major numbers in Creighton's Doug McDermott. Only a sophomore, McDermott has already topped the 1,000 point mark in his college career and has Creighton at 16-2 on the year. He is the nations 2nd leading scorer at 24.3 ppg while shooting an incredible 62% FG, 53% 3PT and 84.4% FT. The coaches son also averages 8.5 rpg for good measure. North Carolina's John Henson and Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist round out the top 6 in this POY list.