As the 2007-2008 college basketball season winds down, it's time for Mark Scacewater's postseason awards ceremony...
Freshman of the Year: Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
Runner-Up: Kevin Love, C, UCLA
While Love was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, I think Rose is simply a better player.
Rose has more NBA potential, and plays his position better than Love. Rose started the entire season on a team that only suffered one loss, and was dominant at the most important position on the court.
Love came in and did what was expected of him, and was excellent in conference play. Love was able to score inside, hit the occasional three, and was a monster on the boards.
Most Valuable Player: Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State, FR
Runner-Up: Tyler Smith, SF, Tennessee, SO
This one is pretty simple. Without Beasley, K-State is at best a 15-win team, as was obvious every time Beasley went to the bench. Beasley was overly dominant and willed his team to victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Smith, on the other hand, came in and was the X factor for the Volunteers. He hit the clutch shot to beat Memphis and earn Tennessee its first No. 1 ranking ever, while also swatting an obscene amount of shots.
Team of the Year: Memphis Tigers
There is no runner-up here. Memphis took no nights off all season like some teams did, and only suffered one setback against Tennessee. They have also been overly impressive, especially in the NCAA Tournament en route to the Final Four.
Clutch Performer of the Year: Stephen Curry, SG, Davidson, SO
Runner-Up: Chris Lofton, SG, Tennessee, SR
This one was easy. Any time your team goes 20-0 in conference, and you come within one three-pointer of making the Final Four, there is usually a major reason, and Curry was the reason. His outbursts in the NCAA Tournament showed just how great of a shooter he really is. Lofton had quite a bit more attention paid to him this season, but, as was evident in the SEC victory over South Carolina, Lofton still was a clutch shooter.
Simply The Best Player This Season: Chris Douglas-Roberts, SF, Memphis
This is the top award, given to the player I thought was simply the overall best player in college basketball. Beasley was amazing, and Hansbrough was impressive, but I thought CDR was the best player on the best team in college basketball.
Beasley was the MVP for his team, but CDR was the best player, period. He can shoot, handle, drive, rebound, post, and play defense. He is the most complete player in college basketball.
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