College basketball numbers guru Ken Pomeroy chooses his own Player of the Year based on his Rube Goldberg Machine of a statistical formula, and he published his first rankings earlier today. As it turns out, it’s not just people that are mesmerized by the Anthony Davis show…it’s the numbers, as well. Davis ranks 5th in the initial kPOY rankings behind a couple of the same people that sit in front of him in most of the more traditional POY trackers, along with a couple of guys that the numbers just seem to like. Thomas Robinson and Jared Sullinger are at the top of the list, followed by Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Virginia’s Mike Scott. It’s hard to argue with Robinson and Sullinger, but Green and Scott aren’t exactly having traditional POY seasons. Then again, that’s kind of the point of KenPom’s rankings. It’s not a perfect formula, just another way to look at who is the best player in the country. Here’s what he said about Davis:
5. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (.422): The only freshman on the list, Davis is here mostly due to his defense, but he’s not one dimensional. He’s making 69% of his two-point attempts while rarely turning the ball over.
As his offensive game improves, which it’s done over the last two weeks, so does his standing in the POY race. Defensively he’s already the best player in the country and as he does more on the offensive end he’ll continue to climb the ladder, and the numbers will love him even more, too. And if they don’t? Well, screw ’em. Math is evil anyway.