Every season, coaches, writers, and fans of the game hand out numerous Player of the Year honors to the best and most deserving players in collegiate basketball. While the dozens of awards in existence usually do an outstanding job in selecting worthy recipients, for whatever reason, some players get left out of consideration. This quandary bothered stat guru Ken Pomeroy, and as a result, he created the KenPom Player of the Year Award.
As you can imagine, Pomeroy’s award is solely based upon efficiency metrics – meaning things like off-court character aren’t considered. While most traditional sources consider numbers to an extent, his ratings include almost everything from a player’s statistical profile – including things like turnovers, missed shots, and defensive ability. In addition to considering the negative statistics, Pomeroy also considers team strength and how heavily a player is featured in his team’s possessions. In the most basic terms, the award is usually given to a very efficient, heavily featured player on a highly ranked team – three qualifications in which Julius Randle meets.
Randle is currently 6th in Pomeroy’s Player of the Year standings, due in large part to his titanic rebounding ability and efficiency in the post. However, he’s hindered by turnovers, lack of defensive statistics, and Kentucky’s relatively low rating in Pomeroy’s system. Creighton’s Doug McDermott is currently leading the pack by a significant margin. The remainder of the rankings, with further explanation from Pomeroy, can be found by following this link.