The semi-finalists have been named for the player of the year award in College Basketball. With these 10 picked I chose my top 5 and my choice for player of the year.

View the semi-finalists here: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2018-02-27/college-basketball-naismith-award-10-semifinalists-announced

Top 5

  1. Trae Young (Oklahoma)
  2. Jalen Brunson (Villanova)
  3. Marvin Bagley (Duke)
  4. Deandre Ayton (Arizona)
  5. Kieta Bates-Diop (Ohio State)

I believe that Trae Young is the player of the year and there should not even be an argument. He leads the nation in scoring and he has transformed Oklahoma’s basketball team to at least be better than the Sooners were last year. Yes, Oklahoma is struggling now, but they are still going to make the NCAA Tournament. Trae Young is doing it all for his team and he is just not able to do enough to carry his teammates. I am hearing arguments for Jalen Brunson to be the player of the year because he is on a top 5 team and he is the catalyst for Villanova’s success, but put Jalen on Oklahoma and he would not be doing what Trae is doing.

Trae Young should easily receive the player of the year award in my eyes!

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