College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 4

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Marcus Denmon #12 of the Missouri Tigers smiles after the Tigers defeated the Cal Golden Bears 92-53 to win the Progressive CBE Classic tournament on November 22, 2011 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The field just got a little smaller. Not one, but two players that made big board appearances this season are now lost for the year. Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe each suffered ACL injuries over the last week, leaving behind a mess of uncertainty at their respective programs.

New to the top 20 this week is Robbie Hummel of Purdue and Iona's ultra-productive guard Scott Machado. Hummel's scoring is way up now that he's the unquestioned No. 1 guy for the Boilermakers, and Machado's NCAA-leading 12.8 assists per game made it impossible not to include him. Also make sure to keep an eye on tonight's Xavier vs. Vanderbilt game featuring John Jenkins and Tu Holloway. Both are high-volume shooters that have differed to teammates more than usual this season, and it will be interesting to see which guy ends up with better numbers.

As far as sleepers go, our attention is firmly on Creighton's Doug McDermott at the moment. The 6'7" forward has poured in 20+ in four consecutive games without once shooting below 61% from the field. And while we already know about his 3-point prowess (47 of 116, 40.5% last year), the fact that his rebounding numbers are climbing (7.8 per game) will only help his case going forward.

Week four power rankings after the jump...

Rank Change Player-School Notes
1 --
Jared Sullinger-OSU Production is up across the board despite a decrease in min/gm.
2 -- Harrison Barnes-UNC Off his crutches, but 3-point attempts are way down (2.5/game).
3 -- Jordan Taylor-WISC
Sporting an absurd 5.0 assist/turnover ratio. Still hasn't been tested.
4 +1 Terrence Jones-KENT
Might not lead every night, but he's UK's anchor. 15+ four times already.
5 -1 Tu Holloway-XAV
Took a whopping 174 3-pointers in 2010-11. Has just SIX in three games.
6 -- Jeremy Lamb-CONN 2.3 steals/game is nice. His 0.70 assist/turnover ratio, however, is not.
7 +4 Thomas Robinson-KAN
Averaged 15.5 pts and 12.3 rebs vs. Duke/UCLA/Kentucky/G'Town.
8 +1 Draymond Green-MSU
Shooting the ball poorly, but 11.2 rebs and 3.2 asts are elite for a PF.
9 -2 John Jenkins-VAN
Using a higher % of team's possessions and ORating is suffering (117.7)
10 -2 Ashton Gibbs-PITT
Ice cold from the floor since we last checked in (3 gms): 31.9% FGs.
11 -1 Perry Jones-BAYL
Debuts tomorrow. Still has plenty of time to make noise in 2011.
12 +1 Anthony Davis-KENT
The Lank Factor: 1.026 per game (158 pts+rebs+blks+stls/154 min)
13 +1 John Henson-UNC
The Lank Factor: 1.005 per game (172 pts+rebs+blks+stls/171 min)
14 +2 Marcus Denmon-MIZZ
Rare to find a 66.5% true shooting percentage in an 18+ppg scorer.
15 -- J'Covan Brown-TEX
Screeching back to Earth: 14 ppg, 37.9 FG% as a follow-up to last week.
16 -4 Andrew Nicholson-BON
Struggled mightily in a showcase game vs. VTech (4 of 14 FGs, 9 pts).
17 -- Kendall Marshall-UNC Assists are flowing steadily, but Machado's brilliance is hard to ignore.
18 UNR Scott Machado-Iona
Good luck finding better numbers: 19.8 pts, 12.8 asts, 4.8 rebs, 3.0 stls.
19 UNR Robbie Hummel-Purdue
On pace to set career-highs in shots (15.3) and points per game (19.2).
20 -- JaMychal Green-BAMA
Absolutely dominated VCU (21-14). Shaka referred to him as a "monster".

Five who just missed: Kevin Jones-West Virginia, Doug McDermott-Creighton, Jared Cunningham-Oregon State, Herb Pope-Seton Hall, Jorge Gutierrez-California (LW:19)

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