NCAA 2012 Accolade Predictions

Michael Visenberg

There are only a few weeks left in the NCAA season. There is still a lot to be decided, but I have come up with my picks for award winners in the major conferences (ie. any conference that has a blog on, sorry midmajors) as well as All-Conference teams. A lot of these awards and teams will be hotly debated and not everyone will be happy with the outcome. Not to mention, making one of these teams does not guarantee NBA success. This is just simply a list of who I have felt have been the most deserving for the 2012 NCAA Season. I have elaborated where I have felt necessary and I would encourage you to make teams of your own for comparison if you have followed closely enough.


POY (Player of the Year): Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

FOY (Freshman of the Year): Austin Rivers, Duke

DPOY (Defensive Player of the Year): John Henson, North Carolina

COY (Coach of the Year): Leonard Hamilton, Florida State (has killed it in conference)

All-ACC 1st Team

C Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

F John Henson, North Carolina

F Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

G Austin Rivers, Duke (I realize that Maryland and Terrell Stoglin fans will hate me. Sorry)

G Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (Yes, it is crazy that UNC has 4 All-ACC first teamers. Crazier still that they all deserve it)

All-ACC 2nd Team

C Bernard James, Florida State

F Mike Scott, Virginia

F Mason Plumlee, Duke

G Michael Snaer, Florida State

G Terrell Stoglin, Maryland

All-ACC 3rd Team

F CJ Leslie, North Carolina State

F Ryan Kelly, Duke

F Travis McKie, Wake Forest

G Seth Curry, Duke

G Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State

Big 12

POY: Thomas Robinson, Kansas

FOY: Quincy Miller, Baylor (If it were "Newcomer of the Year", than Royce White)

DPOY: Kim English, Missouri

COY: Bill Self, Kansas

All-Big 12 1st Team

F Thomas Robinson, Kansas

F Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri

G Marcus Denmon, Missouri

G J'Covan Brown, Texas

G Kim English, Missouri

All-Big 12 2nd Team

F Royce White, Iowa State

F Quincy Acy, Baylor

F Perry Jones III, Baylor

G Rodney McGruder, Kansas State

G Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas

All-Big 12 3rd Team

F Jamar Samuels, Kansas State

F Quincy Miller, Baylor

G Steven Pledger, Oklahoma

G Pierre Jackson, Baylor

G Flip Pressey, Missouri

Big 10

POY: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

FOY: Cody Zeller, Indiana

DPOY: Aaron Craft, Ohio State

COY: Tom Izzo, Michigan State

All-Big 10 1st Team

C Jared Sullinger, Ohio State (He plays C in college)

C Cody Zeller, Indiana

F Draymond Green, Michigan State

G William Buford, Ohio State

G Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

All-Big 10 2nd Team

C Meyers Leonard, Illinois

F Robbie Hummel, Purdue

F John Shurna, Northwestern

G Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

G Drew Crawford, Northwestern

All-Big 10 3rd Team

C Jared Berggren, Wisconsin (had to include him to make it 6)

F Christian Watford, Indiana

F DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State

G Brandon Paul, Illinois

G Trey Burke, Michigan

G Keith Appling, Michigan State

Big East

POY: Kevin Jones, West Virginia

FOY: Moe Harkless, St. John's (Yes, I realize his team is not very good)

DPOY: Jae Crowder, Marquette (Will probably be Gorgui Dieng, and if you had to give it to a team, Syracuse)

COY: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse (Against the back drop of Bernie Fine, they are absolutely killing it. Runner-up is Mike Brey at Notre Dame. Thought they were done without Abromaitis, they actually got better)

All-Big East 1st Team

F Kevin Jones, West Virginia

F Jae Crowder, Marquette

F Kris Joseph, Syracuse

G Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

G Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette

All-Big East 2nd Team

C Gorgui Dieng, Louisville

F Herb Pope, Seton Hall

G Dion Waiters, Syracuse

G Maalik Wayns, Villanova

G Jason Clark, Georgetown

All-Big East 3rd Team

F Jack Cooley, Notre Dame

F Yancy Gates, Cincinnatti

F Kyle Kuric, Louisville

F Hollis Thompson, Georgetown

G Jerian Grant, Notre Dame

Definitely the toughest conference to do with so much talent at guard and so many worthy candidates. I left off a number of high profile guards with poor shooting percentages (Ashton Gibbs, Shabazz Napier, Vincent Council, Jordan Theodore and Truck Bryant) and put solid players from strong teams in their place. Will be interesting to see how the Big East All-Conference looks at the end of the year, but my pre-season was radically different. It looked like there would be no way Ashton Gibbs was even a question mark, Andre Drummond and Shabazz Napier both looked like they had potential spots. Well, such is the NCAA season.


POY: Devoe Joseph, Oregon

Reasoning (I get that much before people go ape):

Who is your front runner for Pac-12 POY? Jorge Guttierez is probably who most people would point to as the likely favorite. He has been very solid (13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.3 apg) for a team that is likely the best in the conference. Plus, people will bring up that Jared Cunningham and Motum score more, which is true though their teams are clearly not as good as Oregon. I truly did not come into this year thinking Oregon would have a POY candidate, but as the season has progressed, I think that Devoe is certainly legit in a conference with no real stand out star above all.

I may be a tad biased (for those who do not know, I went to and love University of Oregon), but I would not be doing this unless I thought it was legitimate. Many people had high expectations for the Ducks this season, but most of those rested on Jabari Brown. Devoe was considered by many a wildcard. Well, this wildcard gave the Ducks a really strong hand. This is the conference that has probably the fewest likeable or legitimate candidates for POY out of all the major conferences (yes, the Pac-12 still is that), but I like Devoe in this one.

The Ducks are 9-5 right now, with two losses to Cal plus the others to Washington (who we also beat), Oregon State and Colorado. Devoe is averaging 16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.9 apg (with a much better assist to turnover ratio than either Tony Wroten or Jared Cunningham. Plus, only slightly behind Guttierez). He is shooting 46.6% FG, 44.5% 3PT and 83.3% FT. His numbers may not blow you away, but neither will those of the other candidates, who Devoe has been more efficient than in terms of ball control and shooting.

Losing to Cal last night was a major blow for Devoe's candidacy, but he had the Ducks right in it until the end. He scored 33 points last night while Jorge Guttierez had 7 on 2-7 shooting. Justin Cobbs was the step up guy for Cal along with Harper Kamp, but it was the Devoe show for U of O. I know Devoe missed the first 6 games of the season (due to the nature of his transfer), but he has been fantastic for U of O and is the reason we have any chance at the NCAA Tournament. I do not think any player in the Pac-12 has been more important to their team, which is why I like Devoe as player of the year.

FOY: Tony Wroten, Washington (This one was easy)

DPOY: Jared Cunningham, Oregon State

COY: Tad Boyle, Colorado

All-Pac 12 Team (Not sure they changed it due to the new conference, but it is usually a 10 person squad)

G Devoe Joseph, Oregon

G Jorge Guttierez, Cal

G Jared Cunningham, Oregon State

G Tony Wroten Jr., Washington

G Allen Crabbe, Cal

G Justin Cobbs, Cal

F Terrence Ross, Washington

F Andre Roberson, Colorado

F Solomon Hill, Arizona

F Brock Motum, Washington State

Last 5 out:

Lazeric Jones, UCLA

CJ Wilcox, Washington

EJ Singler, Oregon

Jesse Perry, Arizona

Carlon Brown, Colorado


POY: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

FOY: Same dude, Kentucky

DPOY: That guy with the unibrow who blocks a lot of shots, Kentucky

COY: John Calipari, Kentucky (May not be national coache of the year and his team is obviously stacked. But, he was the one with the vision and the one who has guided them to being a missed triple at Indiana away from having a perfect season)

All-SEC 1st Team

C Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Yeah, he played center, lol)

F Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State

F Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt

F Mike Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

All-SEC 2nd Team

C Justin Hamilton, LSU

G Doron Lamb, Kentucky

G Brad Beal, Florida

G Kenny Boynton, Florida

G Dee Bost, Mississippi State

All-SEC 3rd Team

C Patric Young, Florida

F JaMychal Green, Alabama

F Terrence Jones, Kentucky

F Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee

G Erving Walker, Florida

Finally, for the entire NCAA in 2012 (Without guided positions, as I tend to think they just vote for the best players)

NPOY: Thomas Robinson

NFOY: Anthony Davis

NDPOY: Anthony Davis

NCOY: Bill Self

NCAA 1st Team

F Thomas Robinson, Kansas

C Anthony Davis, Kentucky

C Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

F Doug McDermott, Creighton

F Kevin Jones, West Virginia

NCAA 2nd Team

G Marcus Denmon, Missouri

C Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

F Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

G Damian Lillard, Weber State

F Draymond Green, Michigan State

NCAA 3rd Team

F Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri

F Mike Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

F John Henson, North Carolina

F Kris Joseph, Syracuse

G Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette

5 Honorable Mention:

C Cody Zeller, Indiana

F Jae Crowder, Marquette

G Scott Machado, Iona

G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

G Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

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Have a good weekend and hope you get to see some solid college basketball!