Week Nine Player of the year Rankings
This last week saw a lot of upsets and some great performances by some individuals, whether it be the 52 point game by Markus Howard, the great two-way game by Jevon Carter or the career game for Keita Bates-Diop, those performances caused some shakeups in my player of the year rankings. With all these shakeups, here’s a new player of they year rankings.
Trae Young had maybe the worst week of his career but he still had a great statistical week. Against Oklahoma State he cooled off and only had 27 points and 10 assists, then at West Virginia he was guarded like he had never been before, yet he still was able to score 29 points and finally in his game against Texas Tech he shot 30 percent from the floor, yet still had 27 points and 9 assists. On the season he is now averaging 29.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, which has allowed him to run away with the Player of the year award.
Jevon Carter has had some great scoring nights but Saturday night when guarding Trae Young he played maybe his best game of the year. He had 17 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and he was one pest to Trae Young as Young wasn’t able to really get comfortable. Carter continues to fall behind from a scoring perspective as he only averages 16.1 points per game, however it is his 6.8 assists and 3.7 steals per game, along with his great defense that have him up this high on the list.
With the Wildcats stepping up their level of competition recently, Jalen Brunson has stepped up his play big time. This past week against a hot shooting Marquette team, Brunson had 27 points and 8 assists, which followed by his 31 point, 5 assist game against Butler which shows he’s an elite player in College Basketball. Brunson is averaging 19.4 points and 5.2 assists per game, which is impressive by itself but add that to the fact he’s the captain of the top team in the country and you have a player likely to be a First-team All-American.
4.Marvin Bagley III
The Blue Devils lost at NC State on Saturday but it had nothing to do with what Marvin Bagley did as Bagley had 31 and 10. Overall he continues to play great and show that he is the best player in the ACC. If he can keep up this pace on offense, he’ll continue to be high on this list even if the Blue Devils do struggle.
Ayton averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in his two games this past week against Utah and Colorado. Ayton on the season is averaging 20.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, which has him in line to win Pac-12 Player of the year. Even with Arizona as a team struggling, Ayton’s play still should keep Arizona at the top of the Pac-12.
Holder had a bad week relatively speaking as he had 24 in their loss against Colorado and only had 11 against Utah. In total Holder is averaging 21.4 points, 5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, which will keep him in line for a first or second team All-American spot. Overall Holder has been impressive this season but the lack of challenges that he will face in the Pac-12 could see him falling down on this list.
No one has had a better week than Markus Howard on the offensive end, he started off with a 52 point game in Marquette’s road win at Providence. Most thought he would slow down against Villanova, however he put up 37 points to go along with 8 assists. Last night against Seton Hall he finally did slow down as he only had 12 but the Golden Eagles still picked up a signature win over the Pirates. Overall Howard is averaging 22.8 points per game, which leads the Big East and with the Golden Eagles stepping up their level of play, Howard seems like a legitimate threat to make an All-American team.
One of the teams who have thus far overachieved has been Ohio State, who are doing so behind the great play of Keita Bates-Diop. Overall Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 20 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, which is good but doesn’t show what he has done of late. Since playing North Carolina he has had games where he has scored 26, 19, 27 and 32. That career game against Michigan State put his run at making an All-American team on the map and if he continues to play like this expect him to stay on this list.
The only player who has been on this list fo every week during the season has been Trevon Bluiett, who with every game continues to show why he’s one of the most valuable players in all of College Basketball. This past week he showed up in the Musketeers big win over Butler, however he then followed that up by having a bad game against Providence. When going back and looking at every game the Musketeers have played, it seems all the good games by the Musketeers have been led by performances by Trevon Bluiett, while when the Musketeers have struggled Bluiett has played poorly himself. Overall his 19.4 point per game average and the direct correlation between his teams success is why Bluiett deserves to be on this list.
Seton Hall picked up a huge road win at Butler this weekend, which was on the back of Angel Delgado who had a huge 28 points and 15 rebounds. Delgado didn’t follow that up with a great game against Marquette but he still got a double-double, which marks the 14th time he’s done so this year. The Pirates right now are tied for first place in the Big East, which has a lot to do with how good Delgado has been this year and if he continues to get double-doubles and the Pirates continue to win, he’ll have a chance to make an All-American team.
Just Missed the cut: Devonte’ Graham, Keenan Evans, Luke Maye, Jordan Murphy, Tremont Waters, Marcus Foster, Mikal Bridges, Landry Shamet, Miles Bridges
Thank you for reading my weekly player of the year rankings, be sure to come back next week and read a new player of the year rankings.