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MKG Joins Davis in the Player of the Year Race

Not quite #1 yet, Mike – but it’s not out of reach…

We’ve all known this for a long time, but it looks as though MKG’s play has earned him a bit more recognition by the folks over at CBSsports.com.  While he’s been a mainstay on every Freshman of the Year list, it’s nice to see his ferocious game get him onto the bigger watch lists.  Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish have slipped Michael Kidd-Gilchrist into slot #4 in the National Player of the Year race.

Nothing matters til the end of the season, but having Anthony Davis check in right behind MKG at #5 is a good look for Cal’s young Cats.  Before the season, we may have expected Terrence Jones to be sitting up on top of this list.  His injury (and, yes, underwelming play before it) have really taken him down a notch in the public’s perspective.  Still, two freshman in the top five of the NPOY discussion is quite a feat.  With a new guy at in that #1 spot, here’s about the rest of the top five looks at the moment:

1.  Thomas Robinson (KAN), 17.7 ppg, 12.2 reb, 52.8 FG%

2.  Jared Sullinger (OSU), 16.4 ppg, 9.7 reb, 59.4 FG%

3.  Marcus Denmon (MISSOURI), 18.8 ppg, 4.9 reb, 2.3 ast

4.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (UK), 13.9 ppg, 7.9 reb, 2.0 ast, 52.2 FG%

5.  Anthony Davis (UK), 12.7 ppg, 10.6 reb, 4.5 blk, 64.9 FG%

Thomas Robinson?  Didn’t we beat a solid beating on that guy?  Hm.  Either way, Davis and Gilchrist certainly have a very impressive recent string of games (arguably the best, even though Robinson’s 31 pt, 21 reb game was ridiculous).  What do you guys think?  Can either of our guys continue to step up their game and move up in the race? Conference play is where freshman sometimes hit a bit of a wall, so here’s to hoping AD and MKG keep bringing their ‘A’ game from here on out.

Article written by Chris Thomas

20 Comments for MKG Joins Davis in the Player of the Year Race



  1. knightynight
    4:12 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Fists baby!



  2. Crimmy
    4:15 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    How ridiculous is it that we have two guys in the top five of anyone’s list? I don’t see Austin Rivers or Andre Drummond anywhere…must have overlooked them.



  3. stevem
    4:22 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wow! Two top players in the race for player of the year. Denny Crum is right. All we’re lacking is a point guard.



  4. Chad
    4:33 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    “Didn’t we beat a solid beating on that guy?”…..what the hell does that even mean? Might want to reread your shit before you publish it. If you want to represent UK, then do a better job of writing.



  5. Echo 1
    4:39 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hope they don’t take votes away from each o



  6. Echo 1
    4:40 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they don’t take votes away from each other by being on the same team.



  7. Echo 1
    4:44 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they don’t cancel each others votes away from one another.



  8. Maverick
    4:46 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they don’t take votes away from each other



  9. High and Mighty
    4:49 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Way to call Chris out, Chad. I’m sure you’ve never had a typo in your life. Good thing you get on KSR to edit posts in a very constructive manner rather than come across as a dick. We certainly don’t want you to use your brain only to infer that Chris meant to type “Didn’t we PUT a solid beating on that guy?”. Get over yourself.



  10. bluristhurr
    4:49 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    The reason duke lost last night was because of Austin Rivers. The kid missed about everything and kept shooting when going inside was working the whole 2nd half. Would of been a blow out if the Plumlee brothers didn’t keep getting off. rbs and scoring



  11. High and Mighty
    4:50 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad that Chad is representing UK on here. Makes us all look fantastic.



  12. Jewn Bug
    4:53 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    11 – well, it makes the team look fantastic. It doesn’t do squat for how you and I look.



  13. Fake Artie Lange
    4:53 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t Thomas Robinson get shut down by AD and MKG?



  14. Chad
    4:56 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Little mistakes….. that’s all it takes. If we would have fouled IU, then we would be undefeated. You may not want to be perfect “H and M”, but I represent the millions who do.



  15. High and Mighty
    4:59 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I guess they should hire you at KSR to make sure the “millions of you” who get on here every day aren’t utterly disappointed that a typo makes it into a blog. You are absolutely right though, little mistakes like this definitely lead to UK losses.



  16. dave
    5:05 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    so b/c UK’s a better team (or at least was in nov.) than KU that means robinson shouldn’t be POY? huh?



  17. Captain Hook
    5:21 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hope they don’t take votes from one another….



  18. Crystal Balls
    5:31 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Rivers is just hype. Robnson is way too thuggish. Our guys put their heads down and play hard for the team and that’s the way it should be.



  19. Brian Storn
    5:53 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Why or HOW is it that KentuckY is THE most incredible, storied, best, most winningest team in CBB and yet we don’t have a National Player of the Year??? That’s exactly right. Because at KentuckY, we play TEAM basketball. As so being, we don’t EVER have one-star teams. Nevertheless, this is a ridiculous travesty. And national writers association and anyone involved in any of the major National Player of the Year Awards should be ashamed of being responsible for this insane fact. KentuckY, in reality just not popularity of vote, has had the MOST CBB MVP’s of any program in history.



  20. catnuts
    7:34 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Jones had “underwhelming play” before the injury? Really? Did you watch “all” the games leading up to the injury or did you start watching UK during the Indiana game? Up until the Indiana game Terrance Jones was playing like the All American candidate he started the season as. He was playing much better basketball this year than last. The statistics didn’t show it, but anyone who knows anything about the game will agree. Last year he was forcing things and trying to make sure he got his stats no matter what. If the game got late and he didn’t have his numbers, you could guarantee he would shoot it every time he got it. This year, I couldn’t recall maybe one time that he even took one bad shot. You call it “underwhelming play” I call it one bad game.