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.