So far this year in College Basketball we have seen some fantastic performances. Sometimes it becomes hard to pick out a few performances or a few players who have outplayed the rest and are solidified at the top. However, this year I feel that there are 5 players that have been the top dogs so far and have just had remarkable starts to their seasons. However, the question remains, who has been the best of the five and who do you rank them? Let’s take a look at who I think have been the five best this year in order and why.
5: Melo Trimble– Maryland Guard
Even though he was my preseason pick to win the National POY, I have him at 5 right now. His scoring and rebounding numbers are down from last year but that is to be expected since his team is better than a year ago. His assist numbers have doubled since last year and he is shooting the ball more efficiently from the floor. The one thing that puts him above most is his ability to control the pace and play of the game. Expect Melo to have more of an impact offensively once conference play starts and opponents get tougher.
4- Ben Simmons– LSU Forward
Ben Simmons. The Ultimate stat sheet filler. The 6-10 freshman is putting up unreal numbers, averaging 19.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He is also shooting 56 percent from the field and 73 percent from the line. The only reason I have him at four and not one or two is the inconsistency of his team so far but if he keeps these numbers up throughout the rest of the season and in SEC play he will skyrocket up this list and win player of the year.
3- Kris Dunn– Providence Guard
Dunn is a guy that everyone knew would be in the POY race once he announced he was returning to school. He is putting up great numbers this year also, averaging 16.5 points, 7.3 assists and 6.1 rebounds per contest. One issue with him is his inconsistency from the free throw line and the 3 point line, shooting 70 percent from the line and only 28 percent from deep. The one thing that sets him apart is his defense. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in the country and can take on the best shooters and isolation players in the country. He has also led a pretty average Providence team to a 12-1 start.
2- Denzel Valentine– Michigan State Guard
Valentine is a funny situation because a week and a half ago he was my clear cut number one…and then he got hurt. His injury will only keep him out a couple of weeks but it will be very interesting to see how strong he returns and if he can keep up his unbelievable play. Before the injury sidelined him, Valentine was averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. To add onto his great numbers, he is shooting 85 percent from the line, 40 percent from three and 46 percent from the floor. If he keeps up these numbers when he comes back, he will be the POY in my mind.
1- Buddy Hield– Oklahoma Guard
Buddy Hield is the ultimate play maker for this Sooner squad. He can create his own shot, come off screens and shoot and take anyone to the lane off the dribble. He is averaging almost 25 points per game and has 5.3 rebounds a game on top of that. He is shooting a ridiculous 52 percent from the field, 53 percent from behind the line and 91 percent from the charity strike. He has been as efficient as a machine in every game they have played so far. The main reason he is number one to me is because he is the number one player on a team that I believe is number one in the country.
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