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John Wall: Player of the Year?

varner-santa1Even Santa loves John Wall.

He’s become, without a doubt, the National Photoshop Player of the Year at this point and cemented himself as an absolute lock for the top spot in the NBA Draft. Now, barely in December (which is insanely early), the college basketball minds of the world can start to think about whether or not John Wall is the National Player of the Year. Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman already found salvation with Blue Jesus by picking him as their POY in the pre-season. The SEC Media, though, thought he was a Second Team performer. So, where does Wall’s stock place him right now?

Here are a few players who will factor heavily into All-American conversations at the end of the year. They have the stats, for sure, but some of them might not find the team success to land as a Player of the Year. Wall seems to be in the right position to be a leader at the moment given both his individual and team performances. Take a look.

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Team Record
John Wall (God’s Team) 19 3.8 7 3 0.6 9-0
Luke Harangody (Notre Dame) 24.7 10 2.2 0.8 1.1 9-1
Klay Thompson (Wash. St.) 25.8 5.6 2.8 2.1 0.6 7-2
Quincy Pondexter (Wash.) 22 9.6 2 1.9 0.4 6-1
Greg Monroe (Georgetown) 15.3 11.7 3 0.7 1.4 8-0
Cole Aldrich (Kansas) 11.1 10 1.3 0.8 3.4 8-0
Willie Warren (Oklahoma) 18.6 2.8 5.3 1.4 0.1 6-3
Sherron Collins (Kansas) 14.4 2 4.3 1.3 0 8-0
Kalin Lucas (Mich. St.) 16.5 1.8 4.5 1.3 0 8-2
Landry Fields (Stanford) 23.3 9.1 3 2.6 0.7 4-3
Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) 17.6 7.6 2.8 2.1 2.8 9-0
Jerome Dyson (Uconn) 19.8 5.5 4.9 1.5 1 6-2
Manny Harris (Michigan) 21.6 8.4 4.9 2.3 0 4-4 

*This chart accurate as of Thursday.  I didn’t feel like updating it.  Also, the Herald-Leader is free to use it.

So, you decide.  Have a nice little Sunday debate/discussion.  Is John Wall the favorite for National Player of the Year?

Article written by Thomas Beisner