Ah...the Player of the Year Award.
An award that is hallowed by all players in every sport, no matter how big or small. However, the award may be the biggest for the game of basketball.
When February comes around, the college basketball world focuses mainly on two things: March Madness and the Player of the Year race. Both are great to get the fever of, but everyone wants to voice their opinion on Player of the Year.
Well fans, now you have the chance to voice your opinion.
I want this article to be a big heated discussion on why you think your favorite player should be included in the race for the top player in college basketball.
I have given you a list of eight main guys, along with some others. Is your player not on here? Tell me why he should be included.
I'm looking forward to a great discussion.
Let's start everything off with a bang, shall we?
However, this bang can't get through one wall—and that happens to be the freshman phenomenon John Wall.
John Wall has, arguably, brought the most excitement to the game of basketball since the high school days of LeBron James. James had the stats and play to do the talking and, well, so does John Wall.
Wall is leading the Kentucky Wildcats to a top five ranking, and he is doing it in signature style. He averages about 17 points and seven assists a game, but he does more than stats can tell.
If it weren't for Wall, I am a firm believer that John Calipari's team wouldn't be close to where they are now. Actually, I think it's a no-doubter.
John Wall for Player of the Year anyone? I think he will hear plenty of noise in the debates.
This is the type of picture you can find everywhere when you refer back to the Kansas Jayhawks.
These two dazzling talents, Collins and Aldrich, have molded into one of the best combos in college basketball. Ironically, both are in Player of the Year talks.
I'll admit, these guys haven't produced like everyone expected. But they have still put up very good numbers. It would be hard to put up great numbers every night if your team was as deep as these two guys.
Collins averages 15 points and four assists, but he is the quarterback for one of the country's best teams. Like Wall, his stats mean more than what they say. He is a born leader, and it has been proven by his four magnificent years at Kansas.
Cole Aldrich has been somewhat of a disappointment, but I find it necessary to include him—especially when Collins is in the talks. Aldrich goes out to get about 11 points and 10 rebounds a game, along with some momentum-shifting blocks in crunch time.
He is a big difference maker inside, as he will alter other teams' shots and really get into the heads of other players. You can't teach size, it's as simple as that.
No matter what happens with the Player of the Year award, both of these guys will go down as Jayhawk greats.
Despite the horrid year for the Huskies, there are still really good players on that team—most notably, Jerome Dyson.
Dyson is averaging 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists an outing for Calhoun's team. Those are all great numbers for a guy that has a great chance to be a huge scorer and player in the NBA.
Even with those great numbers, UConn still cannot get things going.
Some say if he was a better leader, his team would be competing for the Big East title, instead of fighting for their lives to get into the tournament. If the Huskies were better off record-wise, Dyson would be a huge contender for the Player of the Year crown.
Just like Dyson, Damion James's play has been overshadowed by his team's poor performance as of late.
However, he is still putting up great numbers for the Longhorns, winning or not.
James has become a double-double machine for Rick Barnes this season. Not only that, he is a huge threat on both ends of the court. He has developed into a great shot-blocker and a ferocious rebounder. James has a great future ahead of him in the NBA.
While his team has been struggling, he has a chance to bring his team back—as well as put himself at the top of the tier of players in college basketball. Watch out for Damion James.
Duke has had a great season so far, in large part because of senior point guard Jon Scheyer's level of play.
Scheyer is yet another guy that has been overshadowed by John Wall at the point guard position, but he has done more than enough to get his name in the Player of the Year discussion.
Scheyer holds the best assist to turnover ratio in the NCAA, and that is why his team is in the Top 10. Not only has he been passing well, his scoring is nothing to snooze about.
With all the stars in Cameron Country, Scheyer still holds great numbers with 19 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Those numbers definitely put him at the top of the Player of the Year watch.
If Duke plans on going deep into March this season, a lot of weight will be on Jon Scheyer. I believe he has the ability to take the Blue Devils to the Final Four next month.
When you think about the great stories and surprises of this season, Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell has to be at the top of the list.
Coming into the season, coach Bobby Gonzalez didn't even know if he had a guy that could score night in and night out.
Well, he was wrong, that's for sure.
We've seen just about everything from Hazell this season. He has scored 10 points, 20 points—heck, he's even set a career high, scoring 35 points! Anything is possible when this guy laces up his shoes.
Hazell has definitely been a joy to watch. With his great scoring numbers and by averaging 22 points a game, he has put himself up at the top as one of the best scorers in the Big East and the country.
Watch out for Jeremy Hazell's name in all kinds of discussions, most notably the Player of the Year.
Here's my favorite as of right now: Evan Turner.
Just think what this guy could have done if he hadn't tragically broke his back in the middle of the season. Scary! Despite missing several weeks, Turner's play has still been on top of the mountain of the best players in the nation.
Turner may be the most complete player in college basketball. We've seen some triple-doubles here and there from him this year, but he has always been consistent.
Here are some great all-around numbers from a great college player: 19 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
These numbers push Turner to the top of the Player of the Year race. On a given game night, those numbers can easily sky-rocket to 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Those numbers are why I believe he is the Player of the Year. He does everything that his team could ask and more. Evan Turner will be high on the list when the voters voice their opinions about Player of the Year.
Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)—24 points, 10 rebounds, two assists
Wes Johnson (Syracuse)—16 points, nine rebounds, three assists
DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)—16 points and 10 rebounds
Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)—19 points, four assists, and three rebounds
Devan Downey (South Carolina)—23 points, three rebounds, and three assists
LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor)—19 points, five rebounds, and three assists
Aubrey Coleman (Houston)—26 points, eight rebounds, and three assists
Landry Fields (Stanford)—23 points, nine rebounds, and three assists
The decision is yours. Who are the top Player of the Year candidates to you? Voice your opinion and tell the world why your favorite player deserves to be included in the discussion.
There are a good bit of names out there, so feel free to prove why the guys I left out should be included!