College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 2

CORONADO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: John Henson #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels scores on a layup in front of Draymond Green #10 of the Michigan State Spartans during the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic on board the USS Carl Vinson on November 11, 2011 in Coronado, California. The Tar Heels won 67-55. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As we all know, the race for player of the year is a marathon, and not a sprint. With that said, it was a certain Kemba Walker who took hold of the college basketball community early last season and proceeded to keep us on the edge of our seats well into April. With a bunch of select games on the docket this week pitting POY contenders from coast-to-coast, it's worth watching to see if anyone will ascend to Walker's early 2010-11 form and separate himself from the rest.

It's with little surprise that the top five from last week remains unchanged. You'll see a minimal amount of jockeying going on among players in the 6-15 range, but keep in mind this is more of a broad reflection than any one or two game comparison. At the bottom of the big board resides a pair of first-timers for 2011-12, Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Missouri's Marcus Denmon. Both guys narrowly missed in week one, and could easily be around for the long haul.

Week two big board after the jump...

Rank Change Player-School Notes
1 --
Jared Sullinger-OSU 3 blocks in opener was nice to see. Gets Florida & Patric Young on Tue.
2 -- Harrison Barnes-UNC Hasn't exploded yet. Hasn't needed to either. 17-5 in both games.
3 -- Jordan Taylor-WISC
Surprise, surprise: Zero turnovers in 28 min vs. Kennesaw St.
4 -- Tu Holloway-XAV
Sat out opener on 1-game suspension. Back Tue. vs. IPFW
5 -- Terrence Jones-KENT
UK freshmen look promising. Could be a crowded box score each night.
6 +1 Jeremy Lamb-CONN His 30 point, 4 steal performance was overshadowed by this
7 -1 John Jenkins-VAN
2 games in, 2 games w/ less than 43% FGs. Frustrated by Clev St.
8 +1 Draymond Green-MSU
Looked strong on glass in Carrier Classic. More tests are coming.
9 -1 Perry Jones-BAYL
Out until late November. Still plenty of time to go nuts statistically.
10 -- Ashton Gibbs-PITT
Clutch shooter. Already has nine 3PMs in two games.
11 -- Thomas Robinson-KAN
Might be better than we imagined. Efficiency level is still unreal.
12 -- Andrew Nicholson-BON
Business as usual in opener (24-5-2). Gets upstart Clev. St. on Fri.
13 +1 JaMychal Green-BAMA
Nailed a three on Fri. after making just one over last three seasons.
14 -1 Jorge Gutierrez-CAL
Might not top his 14.6ppg from a year ago with Justin Cobbs around.
15 -- Anthony Davis-KENT
Scary-good debut: 23 pts, 10 rebs, 5 blks, 3 asts in just 23 min.
16 +4 John Henson-UNC Only blocked two shots vs. UNC-Ash. after swatting NINE vs. MSU.
17 +2 Kendall Marshall-UNC Can't ignore a 15:1 AST:TO ratio in one game. NCAA assist leader?
18 -2 Tim Abromaitis-ND
Still suspended for that phony ruling. Might not hang on much longer.
19 UNR Marcus Denmon-MIZZ
Flirted w/ the top 20 last year. Like that rebound #'s are up in 11-12.
20 UNR Robbie Hummel-PUR
It's important that he looks healthy. Always a legit 20ppg scorer.

Five who just missed: Austin Rivers-Duke, Trevor Mbakwe-Minnesota, Deonte Burton-Nevada (LW: 19), Nate Wolters-South Dakota State, Andre Drummond-Connecticut (LW: 16)

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