The regular season is rounding down and while there are still a couple of games left to be played, I thought it was a good time to predict my Player of the years for each multi-bid league (every potential multi-bid league is included). Let’s dive into my current player of the years for each multi-bid league.
ACC – Alondes Williams
Paolo Banchero is the most talented player in this league and is the best pro prospect, but there’s no debate for the ACC Player of the year, as Alondes Williams is running away with the award. He’s averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game and has Wake Forest in a position to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017. If that doesn’t get you league player of the year in this weak ACC, I don’t know what will.
Big East – Collin Gillespie
The Big East Player of the year race has been up in the air but it will ultimately lead right back to the same player we all thought it would be Collin Gillespie. Gillespie is having a good season, averaging 16.8 points per game, shooting under 40 percent which isn’t fantastic in itself, but he’s doing it for the Big East’s best team. This race isn’t over and players like Justin Lewis and Julian Champagnie are right there but it’s Gillespie’s to lose.
Big Ten – Kofi Cockburn
While I think Johnny Davis has the lead over Cockburn in the National Player of the year race, in terms of who has been the best in the Big Ten, I think it’s Kofi Cockburn. Kofi is averaging 20.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in league play, while he’s a matchup nightmare for everyone but Purdue. He overpowers opponents and either scores with ease or misses the bunny and gets the board and the putback. It’s a two-horse race for the award but Cockburn would have my vote for the Conference Player of the year.
Big 12 – Ochai Agbaji
This Player of the year race simply has never been close, Agbaji has been averaging 20 points per game, shooting 43% from three, 50% from the floor, and is a clear First-Team All-American at this point. He’s also doing it for the best team in the Big 12 and is the driving force behind their success. I think some people have tried to make this race more interesting than what it is, but from his big 29 point game against Michigan State on opening night, it’s been clear he’s going to win the award.
Pac 12 – Bennedict Mathurin
This is another best player, best team type of situation when it comes to giving the award out. That said, what Bennedict Mathurin has done this year has been fantastic. He’s upped his scoring output, has carried the load for this team offensively, and has maintained being a high-level defender and efficient shooter. This league has other great players like Johnny Juzang and Isaiah Mobley, but Mathurin being on the best team helps his case.
SEC – Oscar Tshiebwe
It feels like rebounding had been a lost art in College Basketball, that is until Oscar Tshiebwe brought it back this season by being one of the best rebounders the sport has seen. Oscar is averaging 16.4 points per game, which is fine, but 15.2 rebounds per game, which is incredible. He goes after rebounds like it’s going out of style, plays hard, and is on the signature program in the sport. Tshiebwe has a good case for National Player of the year and would be my pick right now, but if that doesn’t go his way, he will be the SEC Player of the year.
American – Kendric Davis
Make Kendric Davis an All-American. Davis is averaging 19.4 points, 4.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game, and shooting 38.5% from three, that’s good enough in itself. Add in the fact that he’s carrying this below-average SMU team to being a potential Tournament team and I would argue he’s been the best point guard in the sport. In terms of competition for league Player of the year, there isn’t any.
Atlantic 10 – Luka Brajkovic
The Atlantic 10 is down in terms of the legitimate Player of the year candidates, so I went with the best player on the best team Luka Brajkovic. He’s averaging 15 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 42% from three. If that isn’t versatility, I don’t know what is. There are probably 6-7 guys I considered for this award, so take that for what you will.
Conference USA – Jelly Walker
North Texas may represent the league’s best team but Jelly Walker represents the league’s best player, as he’s been the driving force behind UAB this season. Walker is averaging 19.2 points and 5 assists per game while shooting 40% from three, which is incredible statistical production. He’s running away with the league player of the year race and will have a chance to lead the Blazers to the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri Valley – Isiaih Mosley
Mosley was my preseason pick for the award and has delivered upon that promise by averaging 19.5 points per game on 50% shooting from the floor, 42% shooting from three, and 91% shooting from the line, a 50-40-90 season. If that’s not enough, Missouri State is a game back in the league standings and I think will find its way into the NCAA Tournament as the league Tournament winner.
Mountain West – David Roddy
Graham Ike and Hunter Maldonado are both fantastic players, but which one of those two makes Wyoming go? That question is not shared by Colorado State, who knows David Roddy is their guy who will carry them to success. Roddy is averaging 19.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3 assists, shooting 57% from the floor and 46% from three, which is All-American type stuff. Roddy’s ability to take over for Colorado State and be the main engine is what has this team in a position to make it back to the NCAA Tournament.
Ohio Valley – KJ Williams
2-bid Ohio Valley? That might happen this year, and it is due to the fact that Murray State has already done enough to get a Tournament bid. The reason for this has been KJ Williams and Murray State, who are undefeated in league play and are two wins away from that perfect season. Sticking to the awards, Williams, who is averaging 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game to lead Murray State, has been the best player for this team, and he will get the league Player of the year award when all is said and done.
WCC – Chet Holmgren
While Timme leads the Bulldogs in scoring, Chet Holmgren has been the best player, especially in league play. Conference play alone, Chet is averaging 16 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 52% from three on a high volume. Timme probably wins the award because they always give it to upperclassmen but Chet has been clearly the better player once league play began.