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Kentucky Excluded from CBS’ First Player of the Year Rankings

There are a lot of pictures to choose from when you Google “Anthony Davis Player of the Year.”

You’d figure that pre-season anticipation, or even future draft stock, would guarantee Nerlens Noel a spot on any “Player of the Year” list, but you’d be wrong.  Even though Noel is averaging 11.7 points, 8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 3.3 steals, the staff at CBS didn’t think he merited a spot in their top ten for the 2012-13 season.

The list admittedly allows for certain… “stretches” in the selection process.  For example, it says that Aaron Craft (#5) “can’t solely be judged by numbers.  He’s relentless and changes the tone of the game on the defensive end.”  Sounds a lot like Mr. Noel, but hey, surely it’s just an oversight.  They even give Cody Zeller the benefit of the doubt because he’s “still not a finished product.”

At the top of the list is Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, a freshman that’s making life easy for Travis Ford.  He’s averaging nearly 15/8/5, and is the “consummate winner and intangibles guy.”  We’ll assume they mean after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

There’s little doubt that Nerlens has the ability to put himself on the list throughout the remainder of the season.  Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin have a very solid chance as well.  Heck, even Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein can get some PoY attention if they keep improving the way they have been.  Currently, though, the list is made up of the Mason Plumlees and James Michael McAdoos of the world.  Which is just a shame.

Zeller is still likely the favorite to win, despite his relatively cold start to the season.  Cody should probably hope that Noel doesn’t figure this whole college thing out (which he will), or he could end up being the next Thomas Robinson: would have been the best is not for the guy from Kentucky.  There are still a lot of games to be played, and Lafayette notwithstanding, Kentucky’s played one of the tougher season-opening schedules.  Pile on the cupcakes in the next few weeks, and Noel should be able to pad his stats, and improve his game, going into serious competition.

Also, Zeller still looks like this:

And his nickname is “Big Handsome.”  Either Indiana fans finally learned sarcasm, or they really do celebrate mediocrity.

Article written by Corey Nichols

31 Comments for Kentucky Excluded from CBS’ First Player of the Year Rankings

  1. kentuckyjoe
    9:05 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    good post Corey

  2. doubting thomas
    9:09 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    yeah great post. It’s the best of the worst

  3. BlueinCatlanta
    9:14 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Quote from post game presser with Tom Crean –
    “Our guys just went out and played a high-level team in a high-level way,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “It’s a program win for us. A program championship for us.”

    In other news, Tom Crean asked if an Indiana corporate sponsor would buy the floor so they could put center court in their locker room…to which the sponsors replied “Grow up Tom”. Do you think they will hang a Legends Classic banner?

  4. zach
    9:16 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Wiltjer couldn’t win POTY in the KHSAA, let alone NCAA. Put down the kush Corey!

  5. UK Fan
    9:22 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    “Big Goober” would be more like it.

  6. scooter
    9:22 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    How about the big nose!!!!!!!

  7. fish on
    9:27 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    he looks like Jason Vorhees in friday 13th part 3

  8. HillbillyInBC
    9:34 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Of course Aaron Craft can be “judged by numbers”. He leads the nation in fouls committed-to-called ratio.

  9. loosiers
    9:42 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Oo no they defiantly celebrate mediocrity. I’m forced to live among them at the moment and I still can’t get away from ” watford for 3″ I just wish they would actually play a team worth a damn so they can show the nation just how average they really are

  10. Bafoon
    9:46 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    He looks like the big goon of the Goonies!

  11. jason vorhees
    9:47 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    naw thats too ugly to be me… he’s Tiny from the Devil’s Rejects

  12. Tiny from devil's rejects
    9:50 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    11- no way dude… thats a skinny Sloth from the Goonies

  13. Sloth
    9:51 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    HEY YOU GUYS!!!!

  14. Indiana sucks
    9:57 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Have you been to Indiana? Cody looks like Brad Pitt compared to the rest of the state. I’ve been there a hundred times and saw one decent looking chick. Apparently corn doesn’t make them grow up pretty down on the farm.

  15. Devastation INC
    9:57 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah man Skinny sloth 4sho

  16. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    9:58 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    I heard during the offseason Oladipo from IU and Gorgui Dieng went back to the mother land to spear wild boar together.

  17. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    10:02 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    And sorry for double post but Ohio State is the most blatantly overrated team in the country, sorry IU haters but cmon they have that horrible Thomas guy who looks 40 and balding and Craft who “plays great defense” but that really translates into “not good at anything else and he’s white”. Makes me a little nauseous he’s in player of the year running. And on a side note couple together IU basketball fans with Notre Dame fans does that spell the worst state ranked fan base in the country? Get’s my vote.

  18. Lurch
    10:02 am November 21, 2012 Permalink


  19. Mr. Obvious
    10:10 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    I understand the post, but Noel is not player of the year material and that is glaringly obvious when you see him play. Noel is definitely a talent, but at this point I think First Team All SEC is a more realistic goal for him than National Player of the Year.

  20. Carl
    10:24 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Is it me or are we starting to see a real backlash from the media on UK basketball coverage. It’s like ESPN and SI decided we were gaining way to much of an advantage in recruiting so they seem to post a lot more articles etc from other schools and mentioning other schools more…or has that conspiracy theory paranoia escaped from the closet?

  21. rainman
    10:34 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    He, also, is SOO HANDSOME!!

  22. WTF_Check
    10:39 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, you say things like “Kyle Wiltjer… can get some PoY attention” and you are just making yourself sound ridiculous. Holy cow, what are you talking about? Also, there’s no real doubt that Cody Zeller is the best player in college basketball right now. If you can’t see that, well, what exactly are you watching?

  23. RealCatsFan
    10:48 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    From the looks of that picture, Quasimodo would be a good nickname for Zeller. Anyone have a bell hanging up high that they need to have rung? His big brother is a dead ringer for Pinnochio.

  24. RealCatsFan
    10:49 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    #14, actually I have several nieces who live in Indiana who are quite attractive, but their parents are transplants from KY. 🙂

  25. Hal
    11:01 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    6-the big sniffle

  26. MikeMan
    11:06 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Hate Index: Zellers or Plumlees?

  27. barn
    11:20 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    22-‘best player in colleg bball’? someone spiked your cornflakes. one of the better big men but not ‘the best player’.

  28. StopWithTheWCSTalk
    11:25 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    I guess I’ll be one who comes out and stops this homer-ism. WCS is not a contender for the #1 pick, National POY, SEC POY, or even Freshman of Year. Stop being homers and acting like he is. He played 6 minutes versus Duke for a reason (He picked up 3 fouls in those 6 minutes BTW-He can’t guard people yet). I love WCS, but come on guys. #1 pick and National POY talk? We all know that’s absurd and not going to happen. So let’s stop being delusional and ignorant sports fans.

  29. Women Everywhere
    11:40 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Big Handsome, my a$$. Someone needs their eyes freakin checked.

  30. mocha
    11:46 am November 21, 2012 Permalink

    why have i never noticed that trophy has some dude with his legs spread, a pole up his tail, and looking ridiculous?

  31. HeyMatt
    2:41 pm November 21, 2012 Permalink

    Corey, I get the idea that Noel should maybe be on the list, but your suggestion that Wiltjer or Cauley-Stein should even be in the conversation is laughable. Sure, Wiltjer has put up some numbers in a few lower-level games, and he will put up some scoring throughout the year, but he is in no way close to a POY candidate. Just because we have a lot of talent doesn’t mean we need to assume at least 2-3 of our guys should be considered best in country and POY quality. If you would make any other argument outside of Noel, it would be that Poythress will have the potential to be a POY candidate.