The talk for National Player of the Year in college basketball was all John Wall, all the time, for the first two-thirds of this season. Wall had somewhat of a slump for about a two-week period and now the “powers that be” have seemingly already crowned Ohio State’s Evan Turner as Player of the Year.
Chris Littner of SportingNews.com states that Turner has “surged into the lead” for Player of the year.
Turner has also taken the lead in a small sampling of POY voters at AnnArbor.com.
I still contend that Wall is a strong candidate for the award. Let’s take a look at the numbers and other considerations:
John Wall, Kentucky (25-1):
34.2 MIN 17.0 PTS 4.1 REB 6.5 AST 4.0 TO 1.9 STL 0.6 BLKS
– Missed one game; competes with 3 other All-SEC caliber players for numbers
– Kentucky goes 9-10 deep; Wall is the floor leader on arguably the nation’s most talented team
Evan Turner, Ohio State (20-7):
33.6 MIN 19.5 PTS 9.2 REB 5.8 AST 3.8 TO 1.9 STL 0.8 BLKS
– Missed 6 games due to injury; easily considered the “go to” guy at OSU
– Ohio State plays a 6-7 man rotation (last night, they played 6 players)
After looking at the numbers and considering the circumstances, I am not ready to hand the award to Turner in February. Wall’s biggest problem may be that teammate DeMarcus Cousins is coming on so strongly that the pair will split the votes enough to allow Turner to escape.
I’m positive that if you asked John Caipari his thoughts, however, he’d tell you that Wall and Cousins on the same team is a good problem to have.
Who are you taking: Wall or Turner? Let’s discuss in the comments section.