Welcome to “Good Morning Illini Nation,” your every day dose of school basketball information from Illini Beat author and AP High 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll supply insights each morning on Brad Underwood’s group:
It is february. Time to begin desirous about awards season. The finalists can be named for a few of this month’s high awards. Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu is up for the Bob Cousy award, whereas second-year heart Kofi Cockburn is within the working for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award.
Dosunmu’s identify can also be prone to be included in conversations for Nationwide Participant of the Yr honors. That is fairly commonplace contemplating Dosunmu can also be a number one candidate throughout the USA. In truth, the Illinois guard is already among the many high 10 candidates within the KenPom.com Participant of the Yr rankings.
It is a heavy record of the Large Ten. Dosunmu’s fifth, whereas Iowa heart Luka Garza ranks first, Indiana ahead Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks fourth, Purdue ahead Trevion Williams sixth and Michigan heart Hunter Dickinson ninth.
The opposite ranked gamers are No. 2 Jared Butler (Baylor), No. three Drew Timme (Gonzaga), No. 7 Jay Huff (Virginia), No. eight Cameron Krutwig (Loyola Chicago) and No. 10 Evan Mobley (USC).
Garza is the present winner of the award and within the final decade Ken Pomeroy has calculated his personal participant of the 12 months based mostly on the superior metrics he calculates, the winner is all the time notable. He isn’t all the time Naismith’s Participant of the Yr (his contains NCAA tournaments), however a university basketball star.
The final 10 winners:
- 2020 – Luka Garza, Iowa
- 2019 – Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
- 2018 – Trae Younger, Oklahoma
- 2017 – Josh Hart, Villanova
- 2016 – Brice Johnson, UNC
- 2015 – Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
- 2014 – Russ Smith, Louisville
- 2013 – Russ Smith, Louisville
- 2012 – Draymond Inexperienced, State of Michigan
- 2011 – Jared Sullinger, Ohio State