1. Trey Burke So. Michigan– 18.2pts 7.5ast– Burke has improved immensely since last season and is on the fast track to becoming player of the year.
2. Shabazz Muhammad Fr. UCLA– 19.6pts– After a slow start, he’s quickly becoming the favorite to be the first overall pick in the draft.
3. DeShaun Thomas Sr. Ohio State– 20.3pts. 6.8reb– Thomas has been single-handedly carrying Ohio State so far. He’s shown he’s up for the job, but will ultimately need some help.
4. Doug McDermott Jr. Creighton– 22.6pts. 7.3reb– His numbers and ability speak for themselves, but like Thomas, will need more help if his team’s going to make a run.
5. Mason Plumlee Sr. Duke- 17.7pts. 11.4reb– In his senior season, Plumlee has finally lived up to his immense potential. With Ryan Kelly out indefinitely, he will be asked to do even more.
1. Michael Carter-Williams So. Syracuse- 11.9pts. 9.7ast. 5.0reb– He barely played at all last year, but showed glimpses of brilliance. If his shooting improves down the stretch Syracuse could be cutting down the nets in April.
2. Brandon Paul Sr. Illinois- 18.5pts.– Paul’s a big, athletic guard that can score from all areas of the court. Now all he needs to do is make better decisions.
3. Anthony Bennett Fr. UNLV- 19.4pts. 8.9reb– Bennett has been somewhat of a savior for UNLV this season. He’s had to do almost everything with Moser and Marshall struggling and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
4. Kelly Olynyk Jr. Gonzaga– 17.1pts. 6.6reb– He redshirted last year and missed the first few games of this season, but ever since his return to the line-up he’s been on a mission. He’s a true 7-footer that can shoot and score off the dribble.
5. Cody Zeller So. Indiana– 16.5pts. 7.9reb– Zeller has been good, but underwhelming so far this year. He hasn’t improved much from last year, but it hasn’t hurt the talented Hoosiers too much.
1. Isaiah Cannon Sr. Murray State- 21.4pts– Cannon hasn’t been generating a lot of buzz this year, but his numbers are stellar and Murray State is a team to watch for.
2. Erick Green Sr. Virginia Tech- 24.6pts– He’s been putting up monster numbers all year for a team that lost a lot of fire power last year. He may be earning himself a shot at the next level.
3. Jamaal Franklin Jr. San Diego State- 17.2pts. 9.9reb– Franklin is one of the most underrated players in the country. He can lead the break, shoot, rebound, and find the open man.
4. C.J. Leslie Jr. N.C State- 15.6pts. 7.3reb– Leslie hasn’t played like the player of the year candidate I thought he would, but he’s been solid and can still dominate a game at times.
5. Jeff Withey Sr. Kansas- 13.5pts. 8.4reb. 5.1blk– He started out with a bang and has cooled off a bit lately, but is still they premier shot blocker in the nation.
All Snub Team
1. Nate Wolters Sr. South Dakota State- 21pts. 5.7ast– He’s the best player no one’s heard of as he can score, pass, and defend with the best of them.
2. Russ Smith Jr. Louisville- 19.4pts.– He’s really energetic and erratic, so he’s good at keeping both teams in the game. Louisville can be offensively challenged so his scoring ability will be important.
3. Sean Kilpatrick Sr. Cincinnati- 17.7pts. 5.7reb– Kilpatrick is very physical and can score in bunches, but his and Cincinnati’s shooting as a whole has been sub-par so far this year.
4. Laurence Bowers Sr. Missouri- 16.8pts. 6.9reb– He recently got injured again, but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Before his injury, he was playing at a high level on both ends of the floor.
5. Richard Howell Sr. N.C. State- 12.7pts. 9.9reb– Howell has been a monster in the paint for the Wolpack all season. His numbers don’t seem overly impressive, but he puts up a double-double almost every night.
1. Jahii Carson Arizona State- 16.7pts. 5.4ast– Carson has been the heart and soul of a team that was just looking to rebound. He’s jet quick and possess tremendous vision, so if you haven’t heard of him yet it’s just a matter of time.
2. Nik Stauskus Michigan- 13.5pts. .523 3pt%– Stauskus has been incredible from beyond the arc. His ability to stretch a defense is the main reason for Tim Hardaway Jr.’s resurgence.
3. Ben McLemore Kansas- 16.9pts. 5.3reb– A redshirt that almost made my top three teams. He’s a silky smooth scorer and shooter that doesn’t take very many unnecessary shots.
4. Alex Poythress Kentucky- 14pts. 6.3 reb– Poythress has been the most consistent and most physical out of Calipari’s crop, and if he can shoot better in the second half of the season he could save it.
5. Isaiah Austin Baylor- 14.9pts. 8.5reb– Austin has been really impressive so far this year. His length and physicality allow him to dominate both ends of the court.