This year started out with a clear winner for POY in college basketball but now there are a couple different players this award could go to. Kentucky's John Wall was the early favorite and in many peoples eyes still is. I have a different opinion. I think the POY honors should go to Evan Turner of Ohio State. The 6 foot 7 wing/point guard is having a great season and has the buckeyes ranked 12th in the country. Turner might be the best all around player in the country and has put the Buckeyes on his back.
One of the main ways Turner dominates a game his scoring ability. In the past two seasons Evan hasn't been as productive and that is because all of his scoring had to be around the basket as his jumper was lacking. This year his jump shot is much improved. His pull up game has been the most impressive for me this season. He can conserve energy by just hitting some pull up jumpers instead of being forced to attack the basket every time down the floor and with how much the ball is in his hands and how much Thad Matta likes to play his starters Turner needs to consever energy anyway he can. Also a pretty amazing stat is that Turners FG% has increased this year even though he is taking more jumpers than he has in the past which shows that he has really improved in that category.
Another way Evan Turner is breaking down opponets is his passing ability. Turner is averaging 6 assists per game this season and is really playing point guard for this buckeye team even though he will play wing in the NBA which shows his versitility. His assist to turnover ratio is 1.51 which is very good for how much the ball is in his hands and that he isn't really a true point guard.
Lastly Turner is averaging a little over 9 rebounds per game. I find this stat most amazing because he is playing point guard. Since Ohio st starts 4 wing players and normally plays zone rebounding is very important for this buckeye team. He has really stepped up to the plate and really has helped Dallas Lauderdale grab some rebounds. Turner has had 5 games of 13 or more rebounds and two games where he grabbed 17 rebounds.
What makes this season even crazier for turner is he missed six and a half games this season with a broken back that he injured on a dunk against Eastern Michigan. Turner has two triple doubles on the season which is the most in Ohio st basketball history. I think Evan Turner is the best in the country.