The race for Player of the Year runner-up is heating up.
I know. I know. That's pretty lame. But hey, the award has been won (Doug McDermott, come and claim your prize), and figuring out who is most worthy of runner-up is what we have left to determine.
If McDermott had decided to go pro after his junior season, this would be one of the most open POY races in recent memory. Jabari Parker would be the favorite, but he's not far enough in front to even concede that he'll win ACC Player of the Year.
The good news is that last year we were almost begging for players to step their game up and earn All-American honors. This year, other than McDermott, no one is a lock because there are so many worthy candidates.
This week, not only was it difficult to figure out who was worthy of getting listed in the top 10, I had a tough time cutting down the "10 to Watch" list.
Thankfully, we've got a pretty important month around the corner to help us sort this all out.
10 to Watch:
- Kyle Anderson, UCLA
- Nik Stauskas, Michigan
- Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
- Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State
- Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara
- Adreian Payne, Michigan State
- Julius Randle, Kentucky
- Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
- Xavier Thames, San Diego State
- C.J. Fair, Syracuse