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NCAA Player of the Year Watch: January 2013

allenmoll January 10, 2013 NCAA 1 Comment

  • In our initial NCAA Player of the Year Watch back in late November, Indiana’s Cody Zeller had a stranglehold on our top spot after leading the Hoosiers to the nation’s #1 ranking.

    But as the New Year rings in, can Zeller hold on to the top spot over a couple of rising prospects like Duke’s Mason Plumlee, Michigan floor general Trey Burke, or Syracuse sophomore sensation Michael Carter-Williams?

    Or will a freshman phenom like UNLV’s Anthony Bennett or Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel crack the Top 10 for January?

    With the nuts and bolts of conference play just getting under way, surely early season POY candidates will prove to be either pretenders or contenders going forward.

    Just missing our January cut is Louisville’s Peyton Siva, Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan, Minnesota’s Austin Hollins, UNC’s James Michael McAdoo, and Florida’s Patric Young.

    Here’s our NCAA POY Watch for January 2013……..

  • Junior

    5’11     175lbs     Point Guard

    Team Record: 11-2

    13.8 ppg, 7.2 ast, 3.6 reb, 1.7 stl, .361 3PT%

    Previous Ranking – NR

    For anyone that still hasn’t had the pleasure of witnessing “Flip” yet this season, rest assured that he is one of the best floor generals in the country, ranking among the Top 5 in assists in the nation.  He’s been hitting his stride as of late, registering back-to-back double-doubles of 12 points and 11 assists vs Louisville and 19 points and 19 dimes against UCLA, then helped the Tigers survive an upset bid by dropping 26 points against Bucknell.

  • Junior

    7’0     240lbs     Center

    Team Record: 15-1

    17.1 ppg, 6.6 reb, 1.2 ast, .675 FG%, .333 3PT%.814 FT%

    Previous Ranking – NR

    The 7 foot Canadian born big man has come a long way from sitting the bench behind Robert Sacre over the past 2 seasons to the potential West Coast Conference POY contender.  Olynyk is one of the nation’s leaders in FG% and is the Zags’ top scorer this season.  He has come up large in some of Gonzaga’s biggest games, scoring 21 points against both Oklahoma State and Baylor, as well as a career high 33 points against Santa Clara.  No doubt that Olynyk is one of the biggest reasons that the Zags have now cracked the Top 10 in the rankings.

  • Senior

    6’4     200lbs     Guard

    Team Record: 14-2

    18.5 ppg, 5.1 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.3 stl, .376 3PT%

    Previous Ranking – NR

    In his senior season, Paul has blossomed into one of the best scorers in the nation.  He has scored in double figures in every game this season, including 6 games over 20 points.  In early December, Paul dropped a season high 35 points in a victory over Top 10 ranked Gonzaga.  Look for Brandon to continue to put up impressive scoring numbers as one of the frontrunners for Big Ten POY honors.

  • Freshman

    6’8     240lbs     Forward

    Team Record: 13-2

    19.9 ppg, 9.1 reb, 1.5 blk, 1.3 ast, .561 FG%

    Previous Ranking – 10

    Along with Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, Bennett is one of the frontrunners for National Freshman of the Year as well as potential Mountain West POY honors also.  He’s one of the few players in the country to rank among the Top 30 in scoring, rebounding, and FG%.  On the season, Anthony has an impressive 7 double-doubles, including 6 in his last 8 games.  If the Rebels get any national TV exposure, look for Bennett to be mentioned as a potential Lottery pick.

  • Freshman

    6’5     195lbs     Guard

    Team Record: 12-1

    15.6 ppg, 5.5 reb, 2.2 ast, 1.2 stl, .400 3PT%

    Previous Ranking – NR

    Surely McLemore’s teammate Jeff Withey, who leads the nation in shot-blocking deserves mention, but Kansas’ redshirt freshman shooting guard has been even better than expected as he leads the Top 10 ranked Jayhawks in scoring.  Ben has become Coach Self’s go-to-guy with Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor either graduated or off playing in the NBA.

  • Junior

    6’7     225lbs     Forward

    Team Record: 12-3

    20.3 ppg, 6.8 reb, 1.6 ast, .404 3PT%

    Previous Ranking – 2

    In absence of Jared Sullinger, now playing with the Boston Celtics, Thomas has taken over as Ohio State’s scoring leader, helping the buckeyes once again be a formidable force in the Big Ten.  He remains one of the nation’s most potent offensive players but during December he had some of his lowest scoring games of the season so far like registering just 16 points in a loss to Kansas.  Look for Thomas to be in or around the Top 5 POY candidates all season.

  • Junior

    6’8     225lbs     Forward

    Team Record: 15-1

    22.6 ppg, 7.3 reb, 1.8 ast, .551 FG%, .493 3PT%, .874 FT%

    Previous Ranking – NR

    While he doesn’t get much TV exposure playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, rest assured, McDermott is one of the nation’s most gifted scorers and a viable National POY candidate.  During December, he has led the Blue Jays to a perfect record(6-0) while scoring in double figures in all games, topping 20 points in 6 contests.

  • Sophomore

    7’0     240lbs     Center

    Team Record: 14-1

    16.5 ppg, 7.9 reb, 1.3 blk, 1.2 stl, .627 FG%

    Previous Ranking – 1

    Cody continues to be a potent force for the Hoosiers up front as the team’s leading scorer and is among the nation’s best in FG%.  He’s been a tad inconsistent as he had only 9 points and 7 rebounds against Coppin State then tallied 19 points and 19 boards the next game vs Central Conn State.  As the Big Ten Conference play begins look for Zeller to impose his will against the rest of the conference.

  • Sophomore

    6’6     185lbs     Point Guard

    Team Record: 14-1

    11.7 ppg, 9.8 ast, 4.9 reb, 3.1 stl

    Previous Ranking – NR

    With Scoop Jardine graduated, Carter-Williams has been a godsend for Coach Boeheim as the team’s new floor general and the nation’s leading assist man.  During December he scored in double figures in 6 of 7 games and registered 5 double digit assist games, helping the Cuse to a 6-1 mark, with the lone blemish coming against Temple on December 22nd.

  • Sophomore

    6’0     190lbs     Point Guard

    Team Record: 15-0

    18.2 ppg, 7.5 ast, 3 reb, 1.3 stl, .546 FG%, .406 3PT%

    Previous Ranking – 5

    Trey has taken his game to another level, helping the Wolverines to a lofty #2 national ranking.  He’s among the nation’s best distributors and has scored in double figures in every game this season, including scoring 20 or more points 3 times in December.  Trey is starting to remind scouts of Chris Paul as the Big Ten conference play gets underway.

  • Senior

    6’10     235lbs     Senior

    Team Record: 12-0

    18.4 ppg, 11.3 reb, 1.6 blk, .536 FG%

    Last Ranking – 9

    Since last month, Plumlee has helped Duke remain undefeated, and thanks to numerous early season wins over quality opponents, earning the #1 ranking in the country.  In the month of December, Mason added another 5 double-doubles to his season total of 9, while ranking in the Top 10 in the nation in rebounding.  While the spectacular early season play of teammates Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly deserve mention, it’s ultimately the play of Plumlee that will determine how long Duke remains at #1.  Step one should be for Mason to practice those free throws………


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