We’re over halfway through with the season, which means the various national media outlets are releasing their midseason awards. Our pal Aaron Torres at Fox Sports released his this morning, and I think you’ll agree with two of his selections. Torres named Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox Second Team Midseason All-Americans, noting that we probably don’t appreciate Fox as much as we should because his play has been somewhat overshadowed by Monk’s flashy numbers.
“Monk has been a star for the Wildcats and with a 21.4 point-per-game average, he could become the highest-scoring freshman ever to play under John Calipari (which sure is saying something),” Torres writes. “His 47-point performance against North Carolina might go down as the single-best performance anyone has had this entire college hoops season.”
“Because of Monk’s dynamic play, Fox has gotten lost in the shuffle — which is a shame because he is having one of the best freshman seasons in the country. His 6.3 assists per game is tops in the SEC and he also doubles as Kentucky’s second-leading scorer at over 16 per game.”
While Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball are perceived to be the top two picks in the next draft, Torres argues that Villanova’s Josh Hard is the National Player of the Year thus far. Check out all of Aaron’s selections at the link below and then check out his column about why Duke is one of the most disappointing teams this year. He ain’t wrong.