Even though we’re less than a month into the college basketball season, some are already analyzing who will win postseason awards. Of course, there’s a Kentucky player in contention.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has an early list of ten candidates for National Player of the Year. Nestled right in the middle at No. 5 is Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox.
Ball isn’t the only freshman point guard making an impact on a top-10 team. Same goes for Fox, who is averaging 15.9 points, 7.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds. The projected lottery pick recorded a triple-double in last week’s 115-68 win over Arizona State. He’s scored at least 16 points in four of Kentucky’s past five games.
Parrish begins with a reference to Lonzo Ball because he believes Ball is currently miles ahead of everyone else. He made some solid plays against UK, most notably the back-breaking steal that stopped Kentucky’s late run, but I didn’t see a guy who is hands down the best player in America.
Parrish also has a pair of Dookies on the list and someone UK will face next Saturday, UNC’s Joel Berry.