College Basketball Player of the Year Candidates

By Off the BASN wire
Updated: February 15, 2011

College Basketball Player of the Year Candidates

New York, NY–We’re at Valentine’s Day, which means we’re just over a month before the end of the college basketball regular season and the beginning of March Madness. There have been a number of impressive teams throughout the season so far and while nobody is left undefeated, there have been some stellar efforts from some key players to get their teams to the final dance. Here are three players that affect the NCAA basketball lines regularly and could turn out to be the College Basketball Player of the Year:

Nolan Smith, Guard, Duke Blue Devils

The Duke Blue Devils are the reigning champs and if there is one reason that they will have an excellent shot at defending their crown it has been because of the stellar play of guard Nolan Smith. Not only is he the ACC’s leading scorer at 21.5 points per game, he’s also averaging 5.5 assists per game and 4.7 rebounds per game. He’s a do-it-all guard that will get plenty more acclaim if the Blue Devils make another deep run at the tourney.

JaJuan Johnson, Forward, Purdue Boilermakers

The Purdue Boilermakers were expecting to be a NCAA Championship contender but an injury to forward Robbie Hummel really dashed the team’s hopes prior to the season. But the Boilermakers are still 18-5, are ranked No. 14 and are still a reasonable threat for the title. Why? Mostly because of forward-center JaJuan Johnson. The senior is averaging 20.6 points per game while adding in 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. If he keeps this up, he’ll definitely be in the conversation.

Jared Sullinger, Guard, Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes were the last undefeated team (among the BCS conference teams) and one of the key reasons for that was guard Jared Sullinger. The forward is averaging 18 points per game to go with 10.3 rebounds per game. He might be a freshman but he also might be the Player of the Year if the Buckeyes make a deep run.