Player of the Year race
10. Gordon Hayward, 6-8, 210, F, Soph., Butler: He
got off to a slow start and so did the Bulldogs, but the team has
won two straight and the skilled sophomore has come on strong.
Hayward had 22 points and 14 rebounds and was 4-of-5 from beyond
the arc in the win over Xavier and is averaging 17.4 points and 8.7
boards this season.
9. Sherron Collins, 5-10, 205, PG, Sr., Kansas:
It’s so difficult to pick someone off the Jayhawks’ roster
that even their staff was split. However, I’m going with the
leader of the team — even if his numbers aren’t
exactly staggering. Collins put up 19 points in the win over
Michigan and is averaging 13.9 points and 4.2 assists per game for
the undefeated Jayhawks.
8. Jon Scheyer, 6-5, 190, G, Sr., Duke: He’s
been the Blue Devils’ top player so far this season. He’s
averaging 18.2 points, 5.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game and
has an astounding 5.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Scheyer scored
20 points, had eight assists and five rebounds in a rout of
7. Damion James, 6-7, 225, F, Sr., Texas: The
Longhorns’ athletic combo forward was terrific against North
Carolina with 25 points and 15 rebounds and is averaging 16.4
points and 10.6 boards per contest this season.
6. Darington Hobson, 6-7, 200, G, Jr., New Mexico:
The long and talented junior college transfer is one of the most
versatile players in the nation. Hobson scored 22 points, grabbed
16 rebounds and had six assists against Creighton last week and is
averaging 16.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this
5. Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, 215, SF, Sr.,
Washington: The Huskies have struggled a bit early in the
season, but not because of Pondexter. The senior had 17 points in a
rout of Portland and is averaging 21.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2
steals per game.
4. Luke Harangody, 6-8, 245, PF/C, Sr., Notre
Dame: The Irish big man is fourth in the nation in scoring
at 24.5 points and while his rebounding numbers may be down, they
are still impressive at 9.8 per contest. ‘Gody had 23 points
and seven boards in a win against UCLA.
3. Da’Sean Butler, 6-7, 230, F, Sr., West
Virginia: He scored 18 points, grabbed nine boards and
dished out five assists in a close win at Cleveland State. His
numbers (16.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.9 apg) may not be eye-popping, but
he’s on one of the top teams in the nation and does a lot of
2. Wesley Johnson, 6-7, 205, SF, Jr., Syracuse:
The Orange’s new star went for 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win
against St. Bonaventure and is averaging 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds
and more than two assists, steals and blocks per contest.
1. John Wall, 6-3 ½, 193, PG, Fr., Kentucky:
The Wildcats’ star freshman continues to produce. He scored 17
points, had six assists and grabbed four rebounds in a win against
Austin Peay and is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds
and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 52 percent from the field
and 44 percent from beyond the arc.