With less than three weeks remaining until Selection Sunday, the 2013 NCAA Player of the Year Award watch is heating up with several new players throwing their hat in the ring for this year’s collegiate player of the year.
Over the first few months, Preseason Wooden Award nominees like Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Duke’s Mason Plumlee, and Creighton’s Doug McDermott have dominated our rankings to this point.
But as March and postseason play are rapidly approaching, newcomers like Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Georgetown’s Otto Porter, and Miami’s Shane Larkin are now clearly in the mix for POY honors.
Check out our NCAA POY Rankings for February 2013:
5’11 175lbs Point Guard
Team Record: 22-4
13.1 ppg, 4.3 ast, 4.1 reb, 2.1 stl, .477 FG%, .416 3PT%
Previous Ranking – NR
Not many players in the nation have improved or meant as much to their squad as the 2nd year floor general for the Hurricanes. Shane has obviously inherited some of the talent from his famous father, former All Star MLB shortstop Barry Larkin, as he has helped Miami to a surprising stranglehold on the ACC regular season title. Shane’s blazing speed with the basketball along with his lights out perimeter shooting will be crucial in Miami’s attempt to secure a #1 seed for March Madness.
6’8 240lbs Forward
Team Record: 21-7
17 ppg, 8.4 reb, 1.3 blk, .536 FG%, .372 3PT%
Previous Ranking – 8
Although the Rebels have been a bit disappointing through February, there is no denying that Bennett is not only the best freshman in the country, but quite possibly the best pure talent in the nation. Despite nursing a recent injury, Anthony has notched an impressive 10 double-doubles on the season so far and will probably be a Lottery selection in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft as many see him as the reincarnation of former NBA All Star Larry Johnson.
7’0 240lbs Center
Team Record: 24-3
16.6 ppg, 8.1 reb, 1.3 blk, .588 FG%, .753 FT%
Previous Ranking – 4
As one of the preeminent big men in the nation, Zeller undeniably deserves some of the credit for the Hoosiers’ ascension back to the top of the polls. He is among the nation’s leaders in double-doubles with 7 and has scored 20 or more points 6 times. No doubt, Zeller will be a beast come postseason play.
6’7 225lbs Forward
Team Record: 19-7
20.1 ppg, 6 reb, 1.4 ast, .453 FG%, .377 3PT%, .840 FT%
Previous Ranking – 6
Behind the leadership of Thomas and Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes remain in the mix for the Big Ten Conference and a probable at large bid to the Big Dance. Thomas has been an offensive juggernaut, scoring from anywhere on the floor at a high rate, including notching 13 games of 20 or more points. He ranks among the nation’s leaders in scoring and free throw percentage.
6’8 205lbs Forward
Team Record: 21-4
15.9 ppg, 7.7 reb, 2.4 ast, 2 stl, .508 FG%, .453 3PT%, .767 FT%
Previous Ranking – NR
As the ultimate stat stuffer in college basketball, Porter is almost willing his Hoyas to a Top 10 ranking in the polls. That’s an amazing fact considering he and Markel Starks are the only two players on the active Georgetown roster to average double figures in scoring. Coming off of a career best 33 point performance against Syracuse, Porter has 5 double-doubles on the season and will likely be a Lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
6’11 235lbs Center
Team Record: 23-3
17.5 ppg, 10.5 reb, 2 ast, 1.7 blk, .596 FG%
Previous Ranking – 1
Despite being one of the more consistent players in the nation early on, Plumlee’s play has slacked off in the last two weeks, most noticably an 8 point performance against Florida State and a season low 4 point output in a recent loss to Maryland where he was thoroughly outplayed by Alex Len. Surely Duke misses fellow senior big man Ryan Kelly, still out due to injury, but they need to feed the ball to Plumlee, who has tallied 16 double-doubles on the season.
6’8 225lbs Forward
Team Record: 22-7
22.4 ppg, 7.6 reb, 1.8 ast, .542 FG%, .488 3PT%, .855 FT%
Previous Ranking – 5
Despite the Blue Jays’ recent struggles, going 2-4 in their last 6 games, McDermott continues to be arguably the nation’s most potent offensive weapon. He has scored 20 or more points an amazing 20 times, including 7 double-doubles. Creighton must rely heavily on McDermott down the stretch if the Blue Jays hope to unseat Wichita State atop the Missouri Valley standings.
6’5 195lbs Guard
Team Record: 23-4
16.2 ppg, 5.4 reb, 1.9 ast, 1.2 stl, .497 FG%, .426 3PT%, .876 FT%
Previous Ranking – 7
While McLemore and Anthony Bennett battle it out for the title of National Freshman of the Year, the Jayhawks’ redshirt freshman has helped keep Kansas in the running for yet another Big 12 Conference crown. He has notched six 20 point games on the season and has drawn comparisons to future NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen for his prolific 3 point shooting, dropping 6-10 from behind the arc recently against conference rival Kansas State.
6’5 215lbs Guard
Team Record: 24-3
14 ppg, 6 reb, 2.4 stl, 2.2 ast, .639 FG%.511 3PT%, .752 FT%
Previous – NR
While big man Cody Zeller may be the Hoosiers’ most talented player, Oladipo is undoubtedly their most versatile and important player as he does everything from score, rebound, and defend the other team’s best player. He’s beginning to remind many of former Marquette standout Dwyane Wade and seems to be improving on a game-by-game basis.
6’0 190lbs Point Guard
Team Record: 22-4
18.6 ppg, 6.9 ast, 3.2 reb, 1.5 stl, .489 FG%, .391 3PT%, .785 FT%
Previous Ranking – 2
Trey has emerged as the best pure point guard in America along with pairing with fellow guard Tim Hardaway Jr to form arguably the nation’s best backcourt in Ann Arbor. He has scored in double figures in every game this season, including eight 20 point outbursts. He also ranks among the nation’s leaders in assists, steals, and 3 point shooting.