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Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:45 am
By Gary Parrish

The 15 finalists for the Wooden Award were announced Tuesday.

They are:
  • Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
  • Jae Crowder (Marquette)
  • Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
  • Marcus Denmon (Missouri)
  • Draymond Green (Michigan State)
  • Kevin Jones (West Virginia)
  • Kris Joseph (Syracuse)
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)
  • Damian Lillard (Weber State)
  • Scott Machado (Iona)
  • Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Austin Rivers (Duke)
  • Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
  • Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  • Tyler Zeller (North Carolina)
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:39 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Could not agree more on Austin Rivers. He is a one-dimensional ball hog. Anyone watched Tyshawn Taylor play lately. He has been an absolute stud the past two months.

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:34 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Yet another hater throwing out slop on the wall to see what sticks. You guys make it worth logging in everyday. I know, I know, the NCAA will eventually find out Cal is cheating and Davis was paid money to come to Kentucky, why else would he want to play here. Thanks to you and others for the daily free cheap entertainment.

Since: Jun 28, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:20 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

How is Sullinger on there?  He's been the biggest disapointment of the year.  Sooooo overrated, will be dominated in NBA.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:08 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

green eyed monster strikes again, huh? Is it tiring to spreading lies against other programs instead of cheering for your own?

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:54 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

People are arguing about who the best NBA player will be. That's not the award.  It's the best collegiate player. This award has nothing to do with how people will project in the draft. Having said that, if the POY is a freshman then so be it.

The two clear choices are Robinson and Davis. Robinson has better scoring and rebound stats, but Davis is a force on defense in that he blocks a ton of shots and alters even more. If you look at their physiques and realize that both are 6'10", you would guess that Robinson was 50 pounds "thicker" than Davis. In reality it is more like 20 to 25 lbs.

I would not be an objective arbiter in this vote. I'm from the midwest and always pull for Wichita State, Kansas State, and Kansas (since Nebraska typically sucks). I also know that Calipari turns a blind eye to potential scandals on the premise of putting the best team on the floor (this is empirical evidence, not just my opinion). However, Davis shouldn't be penalized for that association. Both Robinson and Davis are gifted and deserving of the award.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 6:49 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Davis was the best player a school could buy.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:22 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Player of the year is player of the year fool! Class status has nothing to do with it. Davis is the most impactful player in the nation and wins hands down! 3rd for Davis? You 're either a little boy, homer, or a troll!

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:16 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Either Caanan, Robinson, or Davis. Not even giving consideration to Rivers, Sullinger, or Kidd-Gilchrist. Many of you will think of me as some lunatic. Here's my reasoning.
1. Rivers is a freshman. Enough said.          
    But really, give The WOODEN to a freshman? He's made 1 game-winner and has character and moral issues. Doc Rivers needs to shake him up a bit.
2. Sullinger is a bust. On, and then off again. He's always injured. He could be the next Greg Oden.
3. Kidd-Gilchrist will be an All-Star. Any other year, he would be Top 2. But, I can't give him 1%. Davis is more valuable than him. So, essentialy, Kidd-Gilchrist isn't even the best player on his OWN TEAM.

Caanan has brought Murray State from the dead. They have been slumping, and he is almost single-handedly reviving this long-forgotton program.
Robinson is a beast, just like Kidd-Gilchrist. But, he doesn't have a good supporting cast. He has to do it all by himself. That one reason puts him into Top 3 consideration.
And Davis. He is a freshman. I like him better than Kidd-Gilchrist. And yet, he will only finish 3rd. But at least he is getting consideration. Again, Rivers isn't as good, as valuable, and as smart as Davis. Maybe if Davis doesn't leave Kentucky, then he will be a lock every year to win the Wooden.

But, I realy do hope that Caanan wins it. After all, I love the underdog, and so do the panelists. 

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:11 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

Are you people crazy? Anthony Davis is the best player in America, hands down. Robinson only leads Davis in 2 statistical categories- he averages 17 to Davis's 14.5 and leads him in rebounding 14 to 12. Davis leads in all other major categories including 5 blocks a game to Robinson's 2 at best. Davis is the kind of game changer that hasn't been seen in years, and he has only scratched the surface of his potential. UK runs 0 plays through Davis, where Kansas runs everything through Robinson. Plus Davis alters 10+ shots a game. Davis can gaurd anyone on the court, Robinson can not. Davis does many things that Robinson can not, while Robinson does nothing that Davis can not do. Ask anyone in America who they would rather go against and if they are honest, they'll say Davis!

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:03 pm

Two UK Wildcats headline Wooden Award finalists

I agree with the position in the NBA. AD will play the 4 too.....and could play the 3 with his ball-handling and shooting. He changes the game in so many ways at both ends and brings things that don't show up in the box score. TRob has to have the ball to be effective and is no where near the defender AD is. That Thabeet comparison is a bad one....he was clearly one-dimensional. We've seen the muscle-bound TRob's come and go too. TRob should be stronger and bigger....he's 3 years older than AD. Again, I like TRob....good player, hard worker. But everyone but Bob Knight outside of Kansas knows who the better player is. The NBA will show us on draft day.

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