Ranking the Naismith Player of the Year Candidates in NCAA Basketball at Week 18

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Ranking the Naismith Player of the Year Candidates in NCAA Basketball at Week 18
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NCAA basketball heads into its final week with multiple stars still very much in the running for Naismith Player of the Year honors. Some of the most high-stakes games of the regular season have provided ample opportunity for the prime contenders to rise (or fall) with the conference tournaments coming up fast.

One year-long favorite for Naismith recognition, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, has already closed his regular season on a Wagnerian high note. The junior forward almost single-handedly decimated Wichita State in a winner-take-all duel for the Missouri Valley title.

Read on for more on McDermott’s sensational one-man show and the rest of the most impressive contenders to hoist the Naismith hardware this season.

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