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B/R College Basketball National Player of the Year Award Watch for February 20

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IFebruary 20, 2012

B/R College Basketball National Player of the Year Award Watch for February 20

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    College basketball's conference tournaments are just around the corner with March Madness right behind.

    In the next two weeks, regular season titles and teams' post-season destinies will be determined.

    And the top players in the nation will be making it happen for their respective teams.

    Here is the B/R National Player of the Year Award Watch for Feb. 20.

10. John Henson (UNC)

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    Position: Forward

    Class: Junior

    Ht: 6'11"  Wt: 220 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 14.0

    Rebounds: 10.3

    Assists: 1.4

    Steals: 0.6  Blocks: 3.1

     

    This Past Week: Henson had back-to-back solid performances as the Tar Heels beat both Miami (14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks) and Clemson (13 points, 8 rebounds and three blocks).

9. Jeremy Lamb (UConn)

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'5"  Wt: 185 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.3

    Rebounds: 4.7

    Assists: 1.7

    Steals: 1.4  Blocks: 0.6

     

    This Past Week:  Although the Huskies continue to struggle, Lamb is playing well.

    The sophomore guard scored 18 points (on 8-of-13 shooting) and grabbed five rebounds as UConn throttled DePaul.

    Lamb scored 19 points and grabbed seven boards in Connecticut's 79-64 loss to Marquette.

8. Marcus Denmon (Missouri)

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Senior

    Ht: 6'3"  Wt: 190 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.8

    Rebounds: 5.2

    Assists: 2.3

    Steals: 1.4  Blocks: 0.0

     

    This Past Week: Missouri keeps rolling and so does Denmon.

    He scored 17 points (on 6-of-10 shooting) as the Tigers beat Oklahoma State, and turned around and put up 14 points and grabbed six rebounds as Mizzou took out Texas A&M.

7. Kevin Jones (West Virginia)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Senior

    Ht: 6'8"  Wt: 260 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 20.4

    Rebounds: 11.3

    Assists: 1.3

    Steals: 0.8  Blocks: 1.1

     

    This Past Week: Jones had two double-doubles as the Mountaineers split games against Louisville (22 points and 11 rebounds) and Pittsburgh (16 points and 13 rebounds).

    Jones is currently the No. 3 rebounder in the nation.

6. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'9"  Wt: 265

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.5

    Rebounds: 9.2

    Assists: 1.0

    Steals: 1.4 Blocks: 0.8

     

    This Past Week: Sullinger had a strong outing (23 points and eight rebounds) in Ohio State's win at Minnesota.

    But, he was less than dominant (14 points and eight rebounds) as the Buckeye's came up short in Ann Arbor against Michigan.

5. Doug McDermott (Creighton)

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    Position: Shooting Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'7"  Wt: 210 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 23.2

    Rebounds: 8.3

    Assists: 1.1 

    Steals: 0.2  Blocks: 0.1

     

    This Past Week: Creighton needed to get back on track after dropping three games in a row. The best way for that to happen was for Doug McDermott to step up.

    Against Southern Illinois, the sophomore forward only had to play 23 minutes to score 18 points (on 7-of-7 shooting from the field) as the Blue Jays won going away by 19 points.

    In a BracketBuster game against Long Beach State, McDermott scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Creighton took down the 49ers 81-79.

    McDermott is the No. 3 scorer in the nation.

4. Harrison Barnes (UNC)

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Ht: 6'8"  Wt: 215 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 18.0

    Rebounds: 5.1

    Assists: 1.0 

    Steals: 1.2  Blocks: 0.4

     

    This Past Week: Harrison Barnes stepped up in both of the Tar Heels' victories this week.

    Against Miami on the road, he scored 23 points (including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc) and grabbed six rebounds.

    In Saturday's home game against Clemson, the sophomore wing scored 24 (including 3-for-6 from 3-point range) and pulled down seven boards.

3. Draymond Green (Michigan State)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Senior 

    Ht: 6'7"  Wt: 230 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 15.4

    Rebounds: 10.5

    Assists: 3.7

    Steals: 1.4  Blocks: 0.9

     

    This Past Week: Michigan State has worked their way to the top of the Big Ten, and Draymond Green is leading the way.

    Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds in both of the Spartans wins this week (Wisconsin and at Purdue).

    He also handed out a combined 12 assists.

2. Anthony Davis (Kentucky)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Freshman

    Ht: 6'10"  Wt: 220 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 13.9

    Rebounds: 9.7

    Assists: 0.9

    Steals: 1.4  Blocks: 4.9

     

    This Past Week: Anthony Davis brought his "A-Game" to Nashville as the Wildcats fought off Vandy 69-63. He had 15 points, 8 rebounds and blocked seven shots.

    Davis only played 25 minutes against Ole Miss at home, scoring 10 points, grabbing six boards and rejecting four shots.

    Davis leads the nation with 131 blocked shots and is No. 10 in field goal shooting percentage (65.5 percent).

1. Thomas Robinson (Kansas)

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Junior

    Ht: 6'9"  Wt: 237 lbs

     

    Year-to-Date Stats:

    Points: 17.7

    Rebounds: 11.8

    Assists: 1.8

    Steals: 1.1  Blocks: 1.1

     

    This Past Week: Thomas Robinson continues to help the Jayhawks move up the polls (Now No. 5).

    Robinson scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds as KU beat cross-state rival K-State 59-53.

    He came back and only played 24 minutes as Kansas routed Texas Tech 83-50, scoring 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists.

    Robinson is the nation's No. 2 rebounder (No. 1 in defensive rebounds - 9.1 drpg).

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