Talented players from different teams are eyeing this year’s National Player of the year award. The door is open to all players, but not all are eagerly waiting for it. Teams that don’t participate in the NCAA Tournament have never produced a National player of the year, and their players, therefore, should not dream of getting the award however good they may be.
Last year Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine were battling for the title. Here are the top five players that could produce this year’s champions. These players have been listed according to merit and past performance. However, the list does not show the order of strength.
1. Frank Mason, Kansas
Mason has been very instrumental in putting his team ahead. He has a record of not less than 15 points that he managed to score in nine games in a row. Mason who is a senior guard has an average of 19.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.
Mason has impressive shootings; his 3-point range shooting is 51.6 percent, and his field shots are at 51.1 percent. Even though in one game his 26 field goal attempt he managed to get only seven , he still has what it takes to get the award.
2. Nigel Williams, Gonzaga
Williams plays for a team that prides in winning all the games of the season. The team stats show that Williams is a serious player and a suitable candidate for the award. He has a 50.5 percent field shooting, 88.9 percent throw line shooting. He also has 15.7 points team average, 4.6 assists, and 5.8 rebounds. Williams’ effort and team position are likely to work in his favor.
3. Josh Hart, Villanova
Hart is not an amateur and has a taste of what it feels like to a win a title and another one and again. This senior guard is the reason why Villanova is shining. He has an average of 18.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 6.5 rebounds. Hart has 52.7 team shooting, 75.0 free throw percent, and 40 percent from 3point range. Josh Hart could be a winner if he keeps the winning spirit high.
4. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
Swanigan has a good reason to be optimistic and put in, even more, effort as the day nears. His team is good enough to make him a potential candidate for the award. Swanigan’s record is impressive; he can quickly overtake all the other potential candidates and clinch the award. He is 18.7 points average, 13.0 rebounds, and 18 double-doubles from 22 games. He also has 50.0 percent of 3-points range and 54.9 shooting percent.
5. Lonzo Ball, UCLA
The freshman point guard is UCLA’s hope in the National player of the year award. He has a record of both winning and losing games, but he has still averaged 15.4 points with 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds. His shootings from the field are 55.1 percent and 43.2 percent of the 3-point range. The stats from his previous games show his strength to get the award.
The NCAA basketball player of the year award can go to any of the players. However, miracles do happen, you never know, even that player that is ranked sixth and does not appear in this article may still get the award.
Players that are on this list have the potential to win the award; they have been picked according to their strength and their past performance. They are all from the NCAA tournament teams; they are the ones that have a record of producing the winner. Gonzaga, for instance, has a record of winning several games in a row an achievement that gives its players like Nigel Williams an upper hand in the battleground.