Should you suppose the race for the 2020 Wood Award is a toss-up, wait till you see the competitors for convention Participant of the 12 months honors in every league.
It is early February, so all of this might change, however we made an try to handicap the Participant of the 12 months races in all 32 Division I conferences.
This is the factors we tried to emphasise:
With a minimum of a month of knowledge to guage normally, we thought emphasizing particular person influence in league play made sense.
Typically, good gamers on good groups are the highest candidates for these awards. So please save the tweets about our exclusion of the quantity shooter from the bottom-feeder in your favourite convention.
Typically, there have been greater than two prime candidates for the award. However we picked two as a result of … that is what we determined to do.
Some leagues lack an apparent front-runner and prime contender, however we did our greatest. Sorry, SEC. Issues are bizarre proper now. (And sure, we expect Kansas has the highest two candidates for Massive 12 Participant of the 12 months. Take care of it.)
With out additional ado:
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American Athletic Convention
Entrance-runner: Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati Bearcats
Cincinnati’s veteran has averaged 20.Zero PPG throughout his group’s present four-game win streak. He has additionally made 44 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt, hit 52 p.c of his photographs contained in the arc and anchored the No. 2 protection within the American.
Prime competitors: Valuable Achiuwa, Memphis Tigers
Memphis has gone from top-10 program to doubtlessly sliding off the bubble and lacking the NCAA event. However the one motive the Tigers — who benefited from the contributions of projected lottery choose James Wiseman for simply three video games — stay in competition for a postseason slot is as a result of Achiuwa (16.1 PPG, 10.Zero RPG, 2.Three BPG in AAC play) has been a dominant athlete.
Atlantic Coast Convention
Entrance-runner: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke Blue Devils
At one level in Duke’s 97-88 win at Syracuse on Saturday evening, Jim Boeheim smirked at Mike Krzyzewski after Carey completed a straightforward bucket, as if to say, “How the hell are we presupposed to cease this?” Carey’s efficiency (26 factors and 17 rebounds) prolonged the streak of dominance we have witnessed all 12 months from the freshman (Duke has averaged 109 factors per 100 possessions with Carey on the ground this season, in keeping with hooplens.com).
Prime competitors: Jordan Nwora, Louisville Cardinals
The Louisville standout actually has a robust case for ACC prime honors after making 49 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt and 85 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt in league play. However he is a step behind Carey primarily based on his inconsistency because the begin of league play (Three-for-12 in a Jan. 18 win at Duke; Three-for-13 in Saturday’s win over NC State; Three-for-11 in a Jan. 22 win over Georgia Tech), though Nwora has the slight edge with 18.5 PPG versus Carey’s 16.2 PPG in ACC motion.
America East Convention
Entrance-runner: Anthony Lamb, Vermont Catamounts
The reigning America East Participant of the 12 months is not competing with the identical effectivity he loved a 12 months in the past. However he has made 45 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt in league play and 87 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt whereas additionally averaging 17.Three PPG for a Vermont group that entered the week atop the league at 7-1.
Prime competitors: Elijah Olaniyi, Stony Brook Seawolves
Stony Brook’s star led this system to a 6-2 begin in league play by averaging 19.6 PPG and connecting on 55 p.c of his photographs contained in the arc. He has earned three America East participant of the week honors.
Atlantic 10 Convention
Entrance-runner: Obi Toppin, Dayton Flyers
Toppin, a projected first-round choose within the NBA draft who instructions probably the most environment friendly offense in America, shouldn’t be solely the favourite on this Participant of the 12 months race, he may be the front-runner within the Wood Award chase, too. He has put collectively eye-popping numbers for a Dayton group that is undefeated within the Atlantic 10, however his 71 p.c clip contained in the Three-point line in A-10 play, together with 19.7 PPG and eight.Zero RPG, prime the listing.
Obi Toppin will get down the courtroom shortly and crushes a wide-open windmill dunk.
Prime competitors: Fatts Russell, Rhode Island Rams
He has steered Rhode Island’s eight-game successful streak (its final loss was Jan. 5). Russell entered the week averaging 20.Zero PPG, an help each 5 possessions and a 42 p.c success price from the Three-point line in A-10 motion.
Atlantic Solar Convention
Entrance-runner: Garrett Sams, North Florida Ospreys
Within the nonconference season, Sams scored 20 factors in North Florida’s loss to Florida State. The 6-foot-7 wing has put collectively spectacular efforts (17.Three PPG, 53 p.c clip from past the arc) akin to that outing in opposition to Leonard Hamilton’s program for a North Florida group that boasts the most effective offense within the league and shares a slice of the highest spot within the standings.
Prime competitors: Rob Perry, Stetson Hatters
Stetson’s 6-Three star is a gifted guard who’s listed as a “excellent” offensive participant in half-court units and defensive participant in man-to-man schemes, per Synergy Sports activities information. His 17.2 PPG and 47 p.c clip from past the arc have helped Stetson stay within the hunt for the convention crown.
Massive East Convention
Entrance-runner: Markus Howard, Marquette Golden Eagles
The Marquette star is considerably a sufferer of his personal success from a 12 months in the past. He hasn’t loved the identical nationwide buzz, but he is averaging 29.7 PPG in Massive East play, though his 33 p.c clip from the Three-point line is a drop from his 2018-19 numbers.
Prime competitors: Myles Powell, Seton Corridor Pirates
His Three-for-14 outing in his group’s 74-62 house loss to Xavier on Saturday was a stunning and uncommon stumble for a stellar competitor and nationwide Participant of the 12 months contender. He has scored 23 factors or extra in six of his 9 Massive East video games and registered a top-10 steals share in league play.
Massive Sky Convention
Entrance-runner: Jonah Radebaugh, Northern Colorado Bears
The league chief in assists (7.1 APG) can also be averaging 16.2 PPG. The 6-Three guard has made 39 p.c of his Three-pointers in Massive Sky play whereas main a Northern Colorado squad that is 7-2 since New 12 months’s Day.
Prime competitors: Sayeed Pridgett, Montana Grizzlies
Montana’s star is prime 10 within the Massive Sky in scoring (18.9 PPG), rebounding (6.7 RPG), subject purpose share (45.Three) and assists (Four.Zero APG). The 6-5 combo ahead has additionally made 71 p.c of his free throws.
Massive South Convention
Entrance-runner: Phlandrous Fleming Jr., Charleston Southern Buccaneers
The 6-Four standout has recorded 10 video games with 20 factors or extra since Dec. 21. Fleming’s Massive South stat line — 22.1 PPG, 9.Zero RPG, Four.Eight APG, 1.2 BPG — is nothing wanting spectacular.
Prime competitors: Ben Stanley, Hampton Pirates
Hampton’s star is an environment friendly performer who’s ranked fifth in Ken Pomeroy’s convention Participant of the 12 months rankings within the Massive South. Stanley deserves that nod after averaging 23.9 PPG (55 p.c clip general), Eight.Zero RPG and a pair of.6 BPG by way of his first eight video games in Massive South video games.
Massive 12 Convention
Entrance-runner: Devon Dotson, Kansas Jayhawks
The dynamic Kansas guard entered the weekend because the Massive 12’s chief in scoring (16.6 PPG) and steals (2.1 SPG), simply a part of the case for a sophomore guard who has performed with poise in among the largest moments in school basketball this season. Then he completed with 21 factors (9-for-16) in 40 minutes in KU’s 78-75 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.
Prime competitors: Udoka Azubuike, Kansas Jayhawks
No disrespect to Freddie Gillespie, Jared Butler, Jahmi’us Ramsey or the opposite standouts within the league, however Dotson’s teammate is clearly his biggest risk within the Massive 12 participant of the 12 months race. With the league chief in rebounding (10.1 RPG) and blocks (Three.Four BPG) on the ground, opposing Massive 12 groups have made fewer than 40 p.c of their photographs contained in the arc, in keeping with hooplens.com.
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Massive Ten Convention
Entrance-runner: Luka Garza, Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa’s large man may be the favourite to win the Wood Award proper now after anchoring his group’s 7-Four begin within the Massive Ten and lengthening his marketing campaign for postseason accolades with averages of 26.5 PPG and 10.5 PPG by way of his first 11 Massive Ten video games. In post-up conditions, he has made 55 p.c of his makes an attempt, in keeping with Synergy Sports activities information.
Prime competitors: Cassius Winston, Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State’s veteran chief (19.6 PPG in league play) is carrying the Spartans, who entered the week tied with Illinois for first place within the convention. With Winston on the ground, Michigan State is a special group in league play: 38.1 p.c from the Three-point line versus 31.Three p.c with Winston on the bench; Zero.83 PPP allowed versus 1.06 PPP allowed with Winston on the bench.
Cassius Winston scores a career-high 32 factors on 11-of-19 capturing as he leads the Spartans to an 87-69 win over the Wolverines.
Massive West Convention
Entrance-runner: Lamine Diane, Cal State Northridge
CSUN’s star has made greater than 50 p.c of his photographs contained in the arc for a program that leads the convention with a 40.Four p.c mark from past the arc. In league play, he is additionally the convention chief in scoring (26.Zero PPG) and rebounding (9.5 RPG) to associate with 1.5 BPG and 1.6 SPG.
Prime competitors: Collin Welp, UC Irvine Anteaters
The UC Irvine standout is a uncommon 6-9 athlete who has been a risk all over the place on the ground in Massive West play. Welp (13.1 PPG, 6.Three RPG) is 18-for-20 from the free throw line whereas additionally committing turnovers on simply 9.5 p.c of his possessions.
Colonial Athletic Affiliation
Entrance-runner: Grant Riller, Charleston Cougars
Along with his sturdy performances, the Charleston star continues to help the concept that he has a future on the subsequent stage. He is averaging 23.6 PPG and a ridiculous 49 p.c clip from the Three-point line in CAA play, whereas additionally including Four.5 APG.
Prime competitors: Nathan Knight, William & Mary Tribe
Opposing groups cannot use the Hack-a-Shaq technique in opposition to William & Mary’s 6-10 star, who has made 57 p.c of his photographs contained in the arc and 89 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt. He is additionally averaging 20.Eight PPG and 11.5 RPG.
Entrance-runner: Jhivvan Jackson, UTSA Roadrunners
The united states star has gained three of C-USA’s participant of the week awards after averaging 26.Four PPG and 39 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt in league play. His group’s Four-6 begin in CUSA motion may damage his trigger, as a result of his numbers are definitively accolade-worthy.
Prime competitors: Bryson Williams, UTEP Miners
One other star for a sub-.500 group in league play. However Williams’ numbers (19.2 PPG, Eight.Zero RPG, 1.1 BPG, 56 p.c clip contained in the arc) are strong and he is ranked second behind Jackson in KenPom’s C-USA Participant of the 12 months rankings.
Entrance-runner: Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy Titans
Davis, the son of Detroit head coach Mike Davis who entered the week ranked third within the nation in scoring (23.Four PPG), is making an attempt to tug his group to the top-half of the league standings. He is additionally averaging 1.6 SPG and connecting on 90 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt.
Prime competitors: Loudon Love, Wright State Raiders
The 6-Eight ahead has fueled Wright State’s ascent to the highest of the Horizon League’s standings after averaging 15.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG and 1.Four BPG (2.Zero BPG in Horizon League play). He additionally leads the league in offensive rebounding share.
Entrance-runner: Paul Atkinson, Yale Bulldogs
Yale is off to an undefeated begin in league play and a top-50 spot within the NCAA’s NET rankings with Atkinson main the best way. The convention’s No. 1 scorer (18.5 PPG) can also be averaging 10.Zero RPG and connecting on 62 p.c of his subject purpose makes an attempt in league play.
Prime competitors: Mike Smith, Columbia Lions
Columbia’s standout guard shouldn’t be solely making an influence on offense (17.5 PPG, an Ivy League-high of 5.5 APG), but in addition on protection, the place he leads the convention with 2.Eight SPG. In convention play, opposing groups have made simply 32 p.c of their Three-point makes an attempt with Smith on the ground for Columbia.
Entrance-runner: Wealthy Kelly, Quinnipiac Bobcats
Quinnipiac’s lead guard has made 39 p.c of his Three-pointers for a group that has taken a better share of its photographs from past the arc (50.Four) than any group in America not named North Florida. He has additionally made a wild 96 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt, whereas averaging 17.1 PPG amid a 6-Four begin in MAAC play.
Prime competitors: Jalen Pickett, Siena Saints
The Siena sophomore is listed as an “wonderful” performer in half-court units with a 45.2 p.c clip in these conditions, per Synergy Sports activities information. He is additionally averaging 6.2 APG in league play.
Entrance-runner: Loren Cristian Jackson, Akron Zips
Akron’s prime participant is the maestro of a group that is ranked as a top-40 group in adjusted offensive effectivity per KenPom. He has averaged 23.5 PPG and Four.9 APG, whereas additionally connecting on 59 p.c of his 58 makes an attempt from past the arc in MAC play.
Prime competitors: Tahjai Teague, Ball State Cardinals
The Ball State standout is averaging 15.Four PPG, 9.Zero RPG and 1.6 BPG. The success runs within the household for the 6-Eight ahead who’s the cousin of NBA guard Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) and former Kentucky star Marquis Teague, who gained a title with Anthony Davis and the Wildcats in 2012.
Entrance-runner: Jibri Blount, North Carolina Central Eagles
Final week, Blount — the son of Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Mel Blount — collected his fourth MEAC participant of the week award. The 6-7 ahead, who says he would possibly make a run at a soccer profession after basketball, led the convention with a 26.Eight PPG common in league play coming into the week.
Prime competitors: Ronald Jackson, North Carolina A&T Aggies
The 6-7 middle has recorded six double-doubles in MEAC video games. His averages of 17.2 PPG and 12.2 RPG are unequalled in league play for North Carolina A&T, which entered the week atop the MEAC standings.
Missouri Valley Convention
Entrance-runner: AJ Inexperienced, Northern Iowa Panthers
Because the catalyst of the highest offense within the Missouri Valley Convention, Northern Iowa’s star has led the league in scoring (22.7 PPG) and linked on 49 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt. Northern Iowa has made 54.Four p.c of its photographs contained in the arc with the 6-Four guard on the ground.
Prime competitors: Cameron Krutwig, Loyola Chicago Ramblers
Two years in the past, the Loyola Chicago star was a freshman who helped this system attain the Last 4. This season, he is top-of-the-line gamers within the Missouri Valley Convention, confirmed by marks of 14.2 PPG, Eight.6 RPG and 1.7 SPG in league play.
Mountain West Convention
Entrance-runner: Malachi Flynn, San Diego State Aztecs
San Diego State, the final undefeated group in school basketball at 23-Zero, is led by the Wood Award candidate who has completed with 21 assists and two turnovers mixed in his group’s previous 4 video games. As a pick-and-roll ball handler, he has made 48.2 p.c of his photographs, per Synergy Sports activities information.
Prime competitors: Sam Merrill, Utah State Aggies
At this tempo, the reigning Mountain West Convention Participant of the 12 months could have a robust case to repeat. He is averaging 18.1 PPG and three.Eight APG for a Utah State squad that has gained three of its previous 4.
Entrance-runner: Isaiah Blackmon, St. Francis (PA) Pink Flash
With Blackmon (21.6 PPG in NEC video games, the highest mark within the league) on the ground this season, St. Francis (PA) has linked on 51.1 p.c of its photographs contained in the arc and 37.Four p.c of its Three-pointers, in keeping with hooplens.com. He has made 46 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt in league play and he boasts the NEC’s prime offensive ranking, per KenPom.
Prime competitors: Raiquan Clark, Lengthy Island Sharks
The Northeast Convention chief in minutes per recreation (38.5) can also be second in scoring by way of the primary phases of the convention season at 20.7 PPG. Lengthy Island’s ahead has additionally made 57 p.c of his photographs contained in the arc and averaged 23.6 PPG over his previous three outings.
Ohio Valley Convention
Entrance-runner: Terry Taylor, Austin Peay Governors
The 6-foot-5 ahead is averaging 20.9 PPG and 10.Eight RPG, whereas connecting on 80 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt for an Austin Peay squad that has gained its first 10 video games within the OVC. Per OVC media relations, he is considered one of six lively Division I gamers who’ve registered a minimum of 1,700 profession factors and 800 profession rebounds.
Prime competitors: Tevin Brown, Murray State Racers
A 12 months in the past, the Murray State star was Ja Morant’s sidekick when he scored 19 factors in this system’s 83-64 victory over Marquette within the first spherical of the NCAA event. This 12 months, he has emerged as a frontrunner for the undefeated Racers (10-Zero in OVC play) by averaging 20.9 PPG in MVC video games.
Entrance-runner: Payton Pritchard, Oregon Geese
If anybody has sealed a convention Participant of the 12 months award after the primary month of his league’s slate, it is Pritchard, who has made 40 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt. He has additionally averaged one help for each three possessions and made 86 p.c of his free throw makes an attempt for an Oregon group that entered the week in first place at 7-Three.
Prime competitors: Oscar da Silva, Stanford Cardinal
In Stanford’s 70-60 win over Oregon on Saturday, the Cardinal star collected 27 factors, 15 rebounds and three assists, enhancing his shot at securing a number of postseason accolades for a program that is chasing its first NCAA event berth since 2014. The 6-9 junior has made 67 p.c of his photographs contained in the arc because the begin of Pac-12 play.
Entrance-runner: Tommy Funk, Military Black Knights
The participant with the most effective title within the Patriot League can also be considered one of its prime gamers, signaled by the 22.1 PPG common he has amassed throughout Military’s present six-game successful streak. He is additionally the Patriot League chief in assists (7.2 APG).
Prime competitors: Max Mahoney, Boston College Terriers
Mahoney is the ace for a Boston College squad that has made 53.Eight p.c of its photographs contained in the arc, a top-30 mark nationally. Within the Patriot League, he is prime 10 in scoring (15.Four PPG), rebounding (Eight.1 RPG), assists (Three.7 APG), subject purpose share (64 p.c) and steals (1.Four SPG).
Entrance-runner: Anthony Edwards, Georgia Bulldogs
Sure, Georgia has been one of many worst groups within the SEC, which matches in opposition to the norm for creating candidates for postseason accolades, however the convention does not precisely have its typical quantity of elite gamers. That ought to elevate the candidacy of Edwards, a projected top-five choose on this June’s NBA draft. He is averaging 20.Eight PPG in league play, which features a 19.Zero PPG clip in three losses to Kentucky (two video games) and Auburn.
Anthony Edwards steals and breaks away to throw down a thunderous windmill dunk.
Prime competitors: Mason Jones, Arkansas Razorbacks
He has averaged 25.7 PPG within the Razorbacks’ final 4 contests. He has additionally recorded assists on greater than one-quarter of his group’s possessions, which is why it is about time of us begin speaking about Jones, the reigning SEC Participant of the Week, as an SEC Participant of the 12 months candidate.
Entrance-runner: Isaiah Miller, UNC Greensboro Spartans
The UNC Greensboro star made noise again in November when he registered 19 factors in 24 minutes in a 74-62 loss at Kansas. He has averaged 22.Four PPG and three.7 SPG, each prime marks within the SoCon.
Prime competitors: Mason Faulkner, Western Carolina Catamounts
The Western Carolina junior has scored 18 factors or extra in seven SoCon video games. The Northern Kentucky switch is also averaging 18.9 PPG and 6.Zero APG, the highest mark within the convention, for the Catamounts.
Entrance-runner: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
In an upset win at Duke, Harris completed with 26 factors and 4 assists. He has taken that momentum into the Southland, the place he is averaging 18.5 PPG and connecting on 45 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt.
Prime competitors: Sha’markus Kennedy, McNeese State Cowboys
McNeese State has surged into competition within the Southland with Kennedy as its chief. The 6-Eight ahead is averaging 18.6 PPG and 11.Three RPG in convention play, whereas connecting on 69 p.c of his makes an attempt contained in the arc.
Entrance-runner: Tyler Hagedorn, South Dakota Coyotes
The 6-10 pressure is ready to switch Mike Daum, the previous South Dakota State star who gained three Summit League participant of the 12 months awards, as the most important star within the convention. He is the nation’s greatest Three-point shooter (57 p.c on 101 makes an attempt) and considered one of its prime free throw shooters (91 p.c), plus he is averaging 19.Four PPG for a group chasing a Summit League title.
Prime competitors: Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
The most effective participant for the highest group within the Summit League has linked on 61 p.c of his subject purpose makes an attempt whereas averaging 19.1 PPG in convention play. South Dakota State’s standout has added 1.2 BPG for the convention’s No. 2 protection.
Solar Belt Convention
Entrance-runner: Nijal Pearson, Texas State Bobcats
After an Zero-Three begin in league play, Texas State has gained seven of 9. Pearson (20.Zero PPG, 38 p.c from the Three-point line, 84 p.c from the free throw line) has carried this group to the highest tier of Solar Belt Convention.
Prime competitors: Markquis Nowell, Little Rock Trojans
He is No. 1 in assists (5.6 APG) in league play as Little Rock continues to separate itself within the Solar Belt Convention race (it entered the week 11-2 in league play). He has additionally made 41 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt because the begin of convention motion.
Entrance-runner: Maurice Howard, Alcorn State Braves
The Alcorn State standout is averaging 15.9 PPG and Four.6 APG, the highest mark within the SWAC. Per Synergy Sports activities information, he has additionally been an “wonderful” defender whose opponents have made simply 30.Eight p.c of their shot makes an attempt in isolation conditions.
Prime competitors: Roland Griffin, Jackson State Tigers
Jackson State’s prime performer completed with 16 factors and 7 rebounds in a loss to Baylor in December. The 6-6 ahead has averaged 15.Eight PPG and seven.Three RPG in SWAC play.
Entrance-runner: Terrell Brown, Seattle Redhawks
Seattle College’s prime participant leads the WAC in scoring at 18.1 PPG. In league play, opponents have registered a subpar 93 factors per 100 possessions with Brown on the ground.
Prime competitors: Jabari Rice, New Mexico State Aggies
With teammate Trevelin Queen set to overlook as much as six weeks with a knee damage, the standout guard has helped his group protect its unblemished document (Eight-Zero) in league play. Rice (46 p.c from the Three-point line in league play) has averaged 19.Zero PPG during the last two contests.
West Coast Convention
Entrance-runner: Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga Bulldogs
With Petrusev performing as one of the crucial environment friendly gamers within the nation, Gonzaga has defeated WCC opponents by a median of 23.6 factors per recreation. He is averaging 16.9 PPG and seven.6 RPG, whereas ending 68 p.c of his photographs on the rim, per hoop-math.com.
Prime competitors: Jordan Ford, Saint Mary’s Gaels
The spark for a group that is ranked prime 10 in adjusted offensive effectivity, Ford is main the West Coast Convention with a 21.2 PPG common. He has additionally made 42 p.c of his Three-point makes an attempt in WCC play too.