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My final 20 for Wooden Award

Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:33 am
 
I was asked to submit a final list of 20 for the Wooden Award.

Here's what I filed:

(Players listed in alphabetical order)
  • Norris Cole (Cleveland State)
  • Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)
  • Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  • Jordan Hamilton (Texas)
  • Ben Hansbrough (Notre Dame)
  • Tu Holloway (Xavier)
  • Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)
  • John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • E'Twaun Moore (Purdue)
  • Marcus Morris (Kansas)
  • Jacob Pullen (Kansas State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  • Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Derrick Williams (Arizona)
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Wooden Award
 
Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:26 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

marshon brooks. I know the providence friars suck, but he's the third leading scorer in the nation, and a 3rd team all-american. He deserves a spot on this list.



Since: Mar 12, 2011
Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:35 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

BYU's RPI is higher than Ohio State's RPI. Who is to say they play stronger schedule ... we will see when it comes to the Big Dance. Thank Heavens we play a tourament and we are not subjected to the BCS stupidity.



Since: Mar 12, 2011
Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:30 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

Great list ... my vote would be Jimmer all the way. Jimmer is a show within the show. Does it really make sense to say he doesn't play in a strong conference when the MWC is ranked #4 in RPI? Also, doesn't matter if he is a pro player or not ... we are talking about college. As for most valuable player he is the BYU team right now. Without him they don't win games.



Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 5:34 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

I have to agree.  Rick Jackson won't win any awards this year.  But he's my favorite basketball player this year.  Keep in mind, the Orange have a re-building team with one senior and few upperclassmen.  No insult to Scoop Jardine, but this team doesn't exactly pass the ball well, and they can't shoot free throws.  Still, they're in the Big East semi-finals, they've beat a number of top twenty teams, and were in practically every game all season.  I'd agree that without Triche, they'd have a lot worse record than they have.  But without Jackson, they might not even have a winning record.  His defense on the back line of the zone is all the more impressive because all season long he was not just covering his own area, but also looking out for a freshman next to him who hadn't yet mastered the system.  And it seems like at every key moment, he'd get all the tough rebounds, get open inside, muscle his way to the basket, make the key shot, and even hit some very clutch free throws.  He also improved his athleticism greatly over the off-season - something any fan can appreciate, making the most of his senior year.  As an SU fan, I hope that Christmas can step in next year and be great.  But let's be honest - it's way too much to ask to hope Christmas will match what the team has gotten from Jackson this season.  Jackson might not be a future NBA star, but he belongs in the Orangeman hall of fame, that's for sure!



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:23 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

In my book its Jared Sullinger because he's the best player on the nations best team. Most talking heads say this award always ALWAYS goes to guards not bigman but thats simply not true (Tyler Hansbrough 08, Blake Griffen 09). I'm sorry Jimmer, I know you had eye-popping stats and great highlight reels but your team was 28-3 with a easier sheduled than Ohio State. Jared Sullinger lead his team to a 29-2 record (on alot tougher schedule) and a Big Ten title while Averaging 17 PPG and 9.7 RPG. This Award belongs to Jared Sullinger.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:43 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

Alec Burks



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:11 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

Tj - Other than the fact that you love Faried, why exactly would you take a Big over a guard? If it weren't for guards, Faried wouldn't have the rebounds he has. Great rebounders are hard  to come by because it generally takes work to be a good rebounder. Shooting it from 25' doesn't take the same kind of work. But without the guard, the big never gets the ball, unless he brings it up himself. Comparing anyone with Dennis Rodman is almost an insult to the one that's being compared, however I understand what you were saying. Faried may be a good rebounder, but he won't make the money the Jimmer will make on the next level. People love to see shooting and/or scoring over rebounding anyday. Rebounding is essential to the game as we know, but offense is sexy. On your post regarding the fact that, "Faried has played 4 years of college ball and has the size and is NBA ready" if he's not, he doesn't have anymore time to develop. Also, if was so incredible, he would have been on draft boards when he was an underclassman.




Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 6:27 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

I am so tired of all the East Coast hoops fans who spout off about Fredette, when in all likelihood, they've maybe seen him play once or twice. And then there are all the assumptions about the MWC vs., say, the ACC or Big East. And it's all bogus. Fredette can play ball. He's a once-in-a-generation player. I watch a lot of college hoops. I'm a San Diego State fan and hate BYU. But I'm here to tell you that Fredette is flat out the best college bball player I've ever seen in person. And I'm going all the way back to Mark Aguirre at DePaul. He's an absolutely remarkable player. And for the guys who say that Fredette would only score 17 pts. per game in the Big East or that someone like Marshon Brooks or Kemba Walker would tear the MWC apart, well, that's nonsense. I've watched Fredette play in person about 10 times. And he reminds me of two players -- one basketball and one football. The hoops player he reminds me of is Larry Bird in the sense that Jimmer can shoot dead-eye all the way out to half court, create any shot he wants, dominate the defense, control his body and have complete awareness of everything going on within the court. The other player he reminds me of is Marshall Faulk. I watched Marshall play his entire career at SDSU. He was electrifying. Every time he touched the ball, you thought he had a chance to score. He was unstoppable, just like Jimmer. Additionally, Marshall had the same nonsense spouted about him from the East Coast media and football fans as Jimmer does about his basketball skills. "If Marshall played in the SEC, he'd be lucky to have a 100-yard game." "If Marshall played for Miami, he wouldn't even crack the starting lineup." "Marshall is a great college player, but will get killed in the pros." Sound familiar? (Oh, and BTW, they gave Marshall's Heisman to Gino Torreta who went on to play 3 pre-season games for the Vikings. Brilliant.) Fredette will dominate teams in the NCAA Tournament. He won't be stopped by a Big East power or a Big 12 power or anyone else. And the reason why is because he's simply unstoppable. There are some players who are just like that. Fredette is one of them. He's flat out the best player in America. Deal with it.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:58 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

TJ, Fredette scored 58 points in two games in the NCAA tournament last year as a #7 seed.  The guy is a freakish shooter.  Probably not NBA material, but he has been an unbelievable college player who has yet to be stopped in college.  I am not saying I disagree with your assessment of Sullinger, but you have to give Fredette some props because he has been scoring like this for two years (I never saw him play last year, but saw some of his stats).  The NCAA's won't be a good barometer because without Davies, teams should focus everything on stopping one player.  Sullinger has a much better supporting cast that will help relieve some pressure from him.  



Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:55 pm
 

My final 20 for Wooden Award

Coney, not saying you're whining. But many others are. Just glad it's March finally.


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