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There was a little bit of shuffling this week, and two names have made their way into the FOXSports.com Player of the Year race.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE

10. Greivis Vasquez, 6-5, 190, G, Sr., Maryland: He makes his debut after a slow start. The feisty Venezuelan scored 30 and had seven assists in an overtime road loss at Wake Forest and then had 17 points and nine assists in a road victory at Boston College. Vasquez is averaging 18.4 points, 6.3 assists and 4.8 boards per game.

9. Ekpe Udoh, 6-10, 240, C, Jr., Baylor: The Bears took one on the chin at Colorado, but the long and athletic Udoh still had 14 points and 14 boards. He also went for 13 point and 11 rebounds in a win against Oklahoma State and is averaging 14.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.8 assists per game this year.

8. Da’Sean Butler, 6-7, 230, F, Sr., West Virginia: He's starting to slip. Butler averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in two games this past week — a loss at home to Syracuse and a road win at South Florida. Butler is still extremely versatile, averaging 15.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season.

7. Scottie Reynolds, 6-2, 195, G, Sr., Villanova: He has finally earned his way into the equation after a monster week. He had 36, including 30 in the second half, to lead ‘Nova from 17 down to beat Louisville on the road. Then, he went for 27 in a victory against Georgetown at home. Reynolds is putting up 19.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 boards while knocking down 44 percent of his shots from long distance.

6. Jon Scheyer, 6-5, 190, G, Sr., Duke: The versatile point guard had a lackluster week, averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 assists in wins against Wake Forest and Boston College, but he’s played extremely well this season — averaging 18.9 points, 6.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from deep and also having an impressive 4.1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

5. Luke Harangody, 6-8, 245, PF/C, Sr., Notre Dame:
The big man scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Irish's loss at Cincinnati, but he was just 5-for-20 from the field. ‘Gody is still averaging 24.3 points and 9.6 rebounds this season.

4. Damion James, 6-7, 225, F, Sr., Texas:
Two more games, two more double-doubles. If he defended a little better, I’d give him a legitimate shot to win the National Player of the Year. James averaged 24.5 points and 13.0 boards in wins against Texas A&M and Iowa State. His season numbers: 17.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg.

3. Wesley Johnson, 6-7, 205, SF, Jr., Syracuse: Johnson was somewhat ordinary this past week while battling the flu, but he still managed to average 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of road wins against West Virginia and Rutgers. Johnson is averaging 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists while shooting 45 percent from 3-point land.

2. Evan Turner, 6-7, 220, G, Jr., Ohio State: After missing six games due to a couple of broken bones in his back, Turner looked like himself this past week with 32 points and nine rebounds in a road win at Purdue. Turner is averaging 18.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game this season — and that includes a seven-minute effort in which he was hurt against Eastern Michigan.

1. John Wall, 6-4, 193, PG, Fr., Kentucky: Wall’s lead for National Player of the Year is shrinking a bit. The freshman floor leader has still been impressive, but he’s struggling with his shot of late. Wall averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 turnovers in two road wins this past week against Florida and Auburn. Wall’s season numbers: 17.1 points, 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals and a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
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