We are a full month into the season and our suspicions have been confirmed: the Duke Blue Devils are scary-good. Led by a trio of Player of the Year candidates, Coach K's squad has already plowed through some of the best teams in the sport. But while Duke has engulfed the headlines as a team, it has been Connecticut junior Kemba Walker who has taken the early lead in the national POY race. Walker's 29.1 points per game ranks first in college hoops, and he's a unanimous No. 1 in our inaugural rankings of the year. Check back every Monday for an updated top 20.
|1||Kemba Walker-UConn||Unanimous POY thus far. 30+ points in four of seven games.
|2||Nolan Smith-Duke||Best player on the No. 1 squad. Assists are up by 2.0 per game
|3||Jimmer Fredette-BYU||12th in country at 22.3ppg. Still hasn't had that "wow" game yet.|
Jared Sullinger-Ohio St.
||Big-time rebounder. Posted 18.5ppg & 11.5rpg vs. Florida/Florida St.|
|5||Austin Freeman-G'Town||Dropped 31 in the 2OT game w/ Mizzou. Averaging 3.1 threes/game.|
|6||Terrence Jones-Kentucky||Dunk machine. Shot 3 for 17 vs. UNC. Might be human after all.|
|7||Kyrie Irving-Duke||Arguably the best frosh. In a month he may be the best player.|
|8||LaceDarius Dunn-Baylor||Three games and 16 three pointers. Lace is officially back.|
|9||E'Twaun Moore-Purdue||Scoring up nearly 4ppg. Starting to blossom as an all-around player.|
|10||Derrick Williams-Arizona||Quietly posting 20 and 7 for a 7-1 'Zona team. Pac-10 POY?
|11||Kawhi Leonard-SDSU||Already recorded six double-doubles. Better yet, the Aztecs are 8-0.|
|12||Jordan Hamilton-Texas||Vastly improved from 09-10. Bad game vs. USC (4 for 13).|
|13||Marcus Morris-Kansas||Scoring is nice (18.6ppg), but KU's depth limits his opportunities.|
|14||Tyler Zeller-North Carolina||Five blocks vs. Kentucky could be a sign of things to come.|
|15||Tobias Harris-Tennessee||15+ points in all six games. Big showing in win over 'Nova on 11/26.|
|16||Rick Jackson-Syracuse||12.4 rebounds a night. Playing like an All-Big East candidate.|
|17||John Shurna-N'Western||Shooting a ridiculous 69.1% from 3P land. 20+ points in 4 of 5 games.|
|18||Ken Faried-Morehead St.||A statistical monster: 18.4ppg, 14.3rpg, 2.8spg, 2.5bpg.|
|19||Jacob Pullen-Kansas St.||Not playing well at the point (2.9 turnovers/game). Stock is way down.|
|20||Kyle Singler-Duke||Remains a constant threat, but Irving/Smith/Curry are the stars now.|