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NCAA Player Of The Year Watch: November 2012

allenmoll November 26, 2012 NCAA No Comments


  • Now that the 2012-2013 NCAA season is finally underway it’s time for our initial look at the early favorites for Player of the Year.

    Last year we saw Kentucky’s Anthony Davis run away with the 2012 NCAA POY award in unanimous fashion before being selected as the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.

    This season we should be focused on players like Indiana’s Cody Zeller, North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo, Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, and Creighton’s Doug McDermott to name a few.

    Just missing the cut for November were Syracuse’s Michael Carter Williams, UConn’s Shabazz Napier, Creighton’s Doug McDermott,  Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan, and Florida’s Patric Young.


  • Freshman

    6’8   240lbs   Forward

    Team Record: 3-1

    19.5 ppg, 8.3 reb, 2.3 blk, .556 FG%.

    Although the prized freshman has only played 4 games for the Rebels, he undoubtedly has already shown why he was one of the most sought after HS players in the 2012 Class.  He has the energy of a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, has grabbed 7 or more boards in every game, and can score from anywhere on the floor, as evidence of making 30+% from behind the arc.  I can’t help but compare Bennett to another former Rebels star………Larry Johnson.


  • Senior

    6’10   235lbs   Center

    Team Record: 5-0

    19.7 ppg, 10 reb, 1.8 blk, .672 FG%

    After several years where everyone told us Mason was the next great Duke big man, the once prized recruit has finally developed into one of the nation’s premier players.  With no clear go-to-guy on the Blue Devils’ roster this season, Plumlee has stepped up, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks, while ranking among the nation’s leaders in boardwork and FG% en route to helping Duke take home the Battle 4 Atlantis crown over Louisville.


  • Senior

    7’0   235lbs   Center

    Team Record: 4-1

    13.8 ppg, 8 reb, 5 blk, .543 FG%

    As one of the nation’s premier shot-blockers, Withey is one of 3 senior leaders that have helped the Jayhawks get out to a 4-1 start to the season.  After losing Thomas Robinson early to the NBA Draft, Withey is now coach Self’s primary frontcourt player with any experience.  He already has notched 2 double-doubles and has blocked upwards of 7 shots in a single game.


  • Freshman

    6’10   230lbs   Center

    Team Record: 4-1

    12.4 ppg, 8.6 reb, 3 ast, 2.6 stl, 3.6 blk, .625 FG%

    The Kentucky Wildcats are once again ranked as one of the Top 10 teams in the nation, primarily because of the play of their prized freshman Nerlens Noel.  With a nod to both teammates Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, who also deserve mention, Noel has been every bit as advertised defensively, ranking in the Top 5 in the country in blocks but has been surprisingly efficient on offense, scoring in double figures in 3 of 5 contests.


  • Senior

    5’10   180lbs   Guard

    Team Record: 4-2

    20.3 ppg, 6.7 ast, 3.2 reb, 2 stl, .389 3PT%

    Despite Baylor’s recent hiccup, losing to the College of Charleston, just how far the Bears go this year will be determined by the veteran leadership of the senior point guard.  Jackson can do it all, from scoring, distributing, and even getting 2+ steals per night.  He has already cracked the 30 point plateau vs Boston college and has notched an impressive double-double, including 12 assists against Lehigh.  Look for Jackson to remain in our Top 10 all season.


  • Sophomore

    6’0   190lbs   Guard

    Team Record: 5-0

    16.4 ppg, 6.8 ast, 3.4 reb, .471 FG%, .318 3PT%

    It appears early on that the former freshman sensation made a wise choice to return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore season as he and guard Tim Hardaway Jr have helped the Wolverines get out to an unblemished start to the season, winning the Preseason NIT Tourney.   Burke has earned a place among the best point guards in the nation at the helm of one of the nation’s Top 5 teams.  He has scored in double figures in every game this season, including dropping 9 assists vs IUPUI.


  • Sophomore

    6’9   235lbs   Forward

    Team Record: 5-1

    16.8 ppg, 8.8 reb, 1.7 stl, .506 FG%

    Few players have made a bigger improvement from last season than McAdoo.  With 4 starters now off playing in the NBA from last season, McAdoo has taken over the scoring and rebounding lead in just his sophomore season.  With a chiseled physique, he’s a potential 2013 NBA Lottery pick based on his imposing strength and skill set.  The preseason All American is living up to the hype……so far.


  • Senior

    6’0   185lbs   Guard

    Team Record: 5-1

    10.3 ppg, 6.3 ast, 2.8 stl, 2 reb, .333 3PT%

    Despite losing to Duke in the Battle 4 Atlantis recently, Siva remains one of the most exciting to watch players this season.  He has developed nicely into the floor general leader that coach Pitino covets to go along with some insane quickness.  The former McDonald’s All American in HS has also become quite the facillitator, dropping 10 or more dimes twice in a game this season.


  • Junior

    6’7   225lbs   Forward

    Team Record: 4-0

    24 ppg, 7.3 reb, 1.5 ast, .540 FG%, .480 3PT%

    With Jared Sullinger now off to the NBA, the Buckeyes best player is now undoubtedly 3rd year forward Deshaun Thomas.  He has risen to the challenge in November by ranking among the Top 5 in the nation in scoring, including a 31 point outburst vs Washington.  Deshaun has also upped his rebounding numbers, notching a double-double(25 points and 10 rebs) against Rhode Island.  Look for either Thomas or PG Aaron Craft to be in our rankings all season.


  • Sophomore

    7’0   240lbs   Center

    Team Record: 5-0

    15.2 ppg, 7.6 reb, 1.4 stl, 1.2 blk, .628 FG%

    The NCAA preseason POY choice has started this season like he finished last year leading the #1 ranked Hoosiers in scoring and rebounding.  While he probably won’t ever lead the league in blocked shots, he is supremely polished when it comes to footwork and fundamentals in the post and has extended his jumper to about 15-18 feet.  Cody has scored in double figures in 4 of 5 games and has 1 double-double in non-conference play.


 

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