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NCAA College Basketball Player of the Year

Updated March 13

Here's the final installment of this season's CBSSports.com National Player of the Year Watch -- where Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish put their heads together, call each other names and rank the top players deserving of national recognition.

Thomas Robinson led nearly the entire year, but Kentucky frosh Anthony Davis wouldn't go away -- and caught Kansas' big man in the final week of the season.

It wasn't anything T-Rob did wrong; more a matter of what Davis did right.

Davis was the most intimidating defensive player in the nation for much of the season, but he also displayed his offensive repertoire the last couple of weeks -- which included far more than the alley-oops he was catching early in the season.

Michigan State's Draymond Green was also in the equation, but the Spartans do-it-all senior -- along with Creighton's skilled forward Doug McDermott and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger - were battling for the bronze for the final month of the season.

This became a two-horse race -- and while it was sad someone had to lose -- there was no shame in finishing as the runner-up this year.

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  • 1. Anthony Davis
      Position: F
    School: Kentucky
    Class: Freshman
    Ht: 6-10 Wt: 220
    Comment: We decided to give the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year award to Anthony Davis because he‘s the best player on the best team, and because he changes the game more than anybody else in the country. That‘s the bottom line. Last week: No. 2
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/25 Baylor 32 6-9 0-0 6-8 11 1 0 0 18
    03/31 Louisville 39 7-8 0-0 4-6 14 2 0 3 18
    04/02 Kansas 36 1-10 0-0 4-6 16 5 0 3 6
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    40 32.0 62.3 15.0 70.9 10.4 1.3 1.4 1.0 14.2
     
    2. Thomas Robinson
      Position: F
    School: Kansas
    Class: Junior
    Ht: 6-10 Wt: 237
    Comment: Robinson didn‘t really do anything to lose the top spot other than not be as good and complete as Davis. There is no wrong pick between the two. We just picked this way. Last week: No. 1
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/25 North Carolina 32 6-16 1-1 5-5 9 1 0 1 18
    03/31 Ohio State 35 8-18 0-0 3-6 8 0 0 2 19
    04/02 Kentucky 36 6-17 0-0 6-7 17 1 0 1 18
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    39 31.8 50.5 50.0 68.2 11.9 1.8 1.1 2.7 17.7

    3. Draymond Green
      Position: F
    School: Michigan State
    Class: Senior
    Ht: 6-7 Wt: 230
    Comment: Green is the main reason -- besides Tom Izzo, of course -- that the Spartans went from unranked in the preseason to a No. 1 seed. He‘s a great player and a terrific leader, one of Izzo‘s favorites ever. Last week: No. 4
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/16 LIU-Brooklyn 35 10-17 2-4 2-3 12 10 0 0 24
    03/18 Saint Louis 35 6-11 2-4 2-3 13 6 0 3 16
    03/22 Louisville 37 5-16 1-7 2-2 16 2 0 6 13
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    37 33.2 44.9 38.8 72.3 10.6 3.8 1.5 3.0 16.2
     
    4. Doug McDermott
      Position: F
    School: Creighton
    Class: Sophomore
    Ht: 6-7 Wt: 220
    Comment: Can McDermott do for Creighton what Steph Curry once did for Davidson? If his teammates make shots in the NCAA tournament, yes, absolutely. Last week: No. 3
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/04 Illinois State 41 12-18 3-5 6-6 6 1 0 3 33
    03/16 Alabama 37 6-12 1-2 3-4 10 0 0 2 16
    03/18 North Carolina 35 8-19 1-4 3-4 9 1 0 3 20
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    35 31.9 60.1 48.6 79.6 8.2 1.1 0.2 2.3 22.9

    5. Jared Sullinger
      Position: F
    School: Ohio State
    Class: Sophomore
    Ht: 6-9 Wt: 265
    Comment: Sullinger‘s sophomore season was about like his freshman season. That means he‘s been consistently good for two years. Now let‘s see if he‘ll play a third in college. Last week: No. 5
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/22 Cincinnati 37 7-13 0-2 9-10 11 3 0 1 23
    03/24 Syracuse 26 5-9 0-0 9-12 7 1 0 2 19
    03/31 Kansas 39 5-19 0-2 3-4 11 2 0 2 13
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    37 30.4 51.9 40.0 76.8 9.2 1.2 1.2 1.9 17.5
     
    6. Tyler Zeller
      Position: F
    School: North Carolina
    Class: Senior
    Ht: 7-0 Wt: 250
    Comment: Remember when folks wondered if Zeller would ever stay healthy enough to be great? That was silly, wasn‘t it? Last week: No. 6
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/18 Creighton 25 4-7 0-0 3-3 6 0 0 0 11
    03/23 Ohio 40 8-14 0-0 4-7 22 0 0 6 20
    03/25 Kansas 34 6-11 0-0 0-0 6 1 0 2 12
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    38 28.2 55.3 0.0 80.8 9.6 0.9 0.9 1.9 16.3

    7. Isaiah Canaan
      Position: G
    School: Murray State
    Class: Junior
    Ht: 6-0 Wt: 193
    Comment: Canaan is the first guard on our list, and that‘s reflected in our All-American teams. He‘s Murray State‘s best player and capable of carrying the Racers deep into the bracket. Last week: No. 9
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/03 Tennessee State 37 4-13 1-6 5-6 2 3 0 2 14
    03/15 Colorado State 36 4-13 1-6 6-8 7 2 0 2 15
    03/17 Marquette 39 4-17 2-8 6-7 6 2 0 3 16
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    33 33.7 46.8 45.6 83.7 3.5 3.6 1.4 2.7 19.0
     
    8. Kendall Marshall
      Position: G
    School: North Carolina
    Class: Sophomore
    Ht: 6-4 Wt: 195
    Comment: Marshall is the best pure point guard in the country and just a joy to watch. Tyler Zeller is a bigger scorer, and John Henson and Harrison Barnes are better prospects. But Marshall might be UNC‘s most important player. Last week: NR
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/11 Florida State 38 6-13 1-4 2-2 2 9 0 2 15
    03/16 Vermont 31 5-7 1-1 0-1 2 10 0 3 11
    03/18 Creighton 36 7-8 1-2 3-6 4 11 0 4 18
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    36 33.0 46.7 35.4 69.6 2.6 9.8 1.2 2.8 8.1

    9. Marcus Denmon
      Position: G
    School: Missouri
    Class: Senior
    Ht: 6-3 Wt: 185
    Comment: Denmon‘s 0-for-10 performance in the Big 12 semifinals didn‘t cost Missouri a win, which speaks to the talent surrounding him. He rebounded and got 15 points in the title game and could shoot the Tigers to a Final Four. Last week: No. 7
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/09 Texas 36 0-10 0-5 2-2 6 2 0 1 2
    03/10 Baylor 33 4-10 1-4 6-6 3 1 0 1 15
    03/16 Norfolk State 38 5-12 4-11 6-7 2 1 0 1 20
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    35 34.6 46.0 40.7 89.6 5.0 2.1 1.5 1.2 17.7
     
    10. Will Barton
      Position: G
    School: Memphis
    Class: Sophomore
    Ht: 6-6 Wt: 175
    Comment: Barton has consistently filled up box scores and turned Memphis into a scary team as the Tigers enter the NCAA tournament. He can slash and score in a lot of different ways, and he‘s one of the nation‘s best rebounding guards. Last week: No. 10
    Last three games
    DateOpp.MinFG3FGFTREBASTSTLTOPTS
    03/09 UCF 31 3-10 1-4 3-4 7 6 0 1 10
    03/10 Marshall 39 6-13 1-3 5-6 13 1 0 0 18
    03/16 Saint Louis 38 6-14 2-4 2-2 4 0 0 2 16
    Season to date
    GPMPGFG%3FG%FT%RPGAPGSPGTOPGPPG
    35 35.3 50.9 34.6 74.9 8.0 2.9 1.4 2.1 18.0

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