This morning the sixteen finalists were announced for the Wooden Award, given to the most outstanding player in college basketball. Last year’s award went to BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, and although there are plenty of stud guards in the NCAA this year, the award is a two-horse race between power forwards. Junior, Thomas Robinson from Kansas, and Freshman Anthony Davis from Kentucky are the favorites without a doubt. Robinson has the better numbers in terms of scoring and rebounds; 18 and 12 respectively, but Davis plays for the best team in the nation. However, what hampers Davis is that his team is so talented, without him Kentucky may still be number one in the country. Davis averages 15 points, 10 rebounds, and an astounding 5 blocks a game, he is the enforcer and quite possibly the number one overall pick this year. Although I truly think Davis is the best player in the country, Robinson should win the award based on Kansas’ season so far. They were not supposed to be as good as they are, and Robinson far and away is their best player both offensively and defensively.
The award is a complete toss-up, Robinson and Davis are both equally deserving of the award. My dark horse however is West Virginia’s Senior Forward, Kevin Jones. West Virginia has had a somewhat down year and are 19-12, 9-9 in the Big East, and probably will make the tourney, but they are definitely sitting on the bubble. The Mountaineers’ record hurt Jones’ chances of winning the award, but his numbers sure do not. He averages 20 points, 11 rebounds, a block and assist per game. If I was an NBA General Manager he would be my number one pick, but I’m sure I am in the minority on that observation. The Wooden Award is a two-horse race this year, whether it’s Robinson or Davis, you won’t hear any argument from me.