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

Gonzaga.

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

season.

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

everything.

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.