College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 11

Josh Pastner's Memphis Tigers entered the year with heavy expectations. To some, a trip to the Final Four was well-within reach (heck, maybe it still is). But things sputtered early and often for Pastner's bunch in November and December, and the Tigers managed to drop all five of their most important non-conference games. As a direct result, Memphis slowly faded away from the national spotlight and closer to mediocrity.

But over the last month, as the Tigers have continued to right the ship, sophomore Will Barton has been turning heads with numbers that a 6'6" guard probably shouldn't be putting up. Currently Conference USA's leader in scoring (18.2/gm), Barton is also fifth in rebounding (9.0), third in steals (1.7), third in free throw attempts (101) and second in ORating (113.5) in the league, and has been on an absolute tear since his 28-point, 16-rebound performance against Louisville back on December 22nd.

Barton still has a long way to go if he plans on unseating more established guys ahead of him in these rankings, but the talent, and the numbers, are both undeniable at this point. Rarely, if ever, can a team expect its 6-foot-6 scoring guard to dominate on the glass every single night like clockwork. So when Memphis' stock starts to heat up around the end of February, don't be surprised if Barton's numbers are right in line with some of his more popular peers.

Week 11 after the jump..

Rank Change Player-School Notes
1 -- Thomas Robinson-KAN Best glass cleaner in America. 32.0 def. reb% is tops in NCAA.
2 -- Jared Sullinger-OSU
Same # of FT attempts as steals (10) over last four B10 games.
3 -- Anthony Davis-KEN
Top 100 nationally in: ORtg, eFG%, TS%, DR%, TO%, BLK%
4 +2 Doug McDermott-CRE
Must load up on points to crack the top 3. Gets Mizz St on Wednesday.
5 -- Marcus Denmon-MIZ
Missed only one FT since December 3rd. Now at 93.1% on the year.
6 +2 Draymond Green-MSU Closer to Sullinger than most want to believe. He's making his move.
7 +3 Kevin Jones-WVU
Only guy currently averaging 20 & 10 per night. That alone=elite.
8 -4 Harrison Barnes-UNC
Yo-yo season. 10.5 ppg last wk. Hasn't played 27+ mins since Dec. 10th.
9 -2 Jeremy Lamb-CON
Not really dominating the ball like we thought. 21.9 possession% is low.
10 +2 John Jenkins-VAN
Having an eerily-similar season to Boynton (No. 19). 65.7 TS%.
11 +3 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-KEN
Bad vs. Auburn (7-3) then spectacular vs. Vols (17-12 ). So it goes.
12 +1 Scott Machado-ION
Dished out 16 assists vs. Manhattan, despite the loss. Line: 13-5-10
13 +3 Will Barton-MEM
Ranks 2nd among guards in rebounding (9.0/gm). C-USA best 18.2 pts.
14 -3 John Henson-UNC
The Lank Factor: 1.002 (499 PTS+REB+BLK+STL/498 MIN)
15 +4 J'Covan Brown-TEX
34 points with six triples vs. Mizzou. K-State & Kansas up next.
16 +2 Damian Lillard-WEB
Contact: Shot eight or more FTs in 11 of Weber State's 17 games.
17 -- Herb Pope-SHU
Definitely a 30%+ possession guy. Should have every opportunity for #'s.
18 -9 Tu Holloway-XAV
Okay, 11 assists vs. Duquesne. But where did that 25 ppg scorer go?
19 +1 Kenny Boynton-FLA
You want improvement? 47.6 eFG% last year. 64.3% right now.
20 -5 Kendall Marshall-UNC
Meh: 12 assists, 11 turnovers and 7 fouls in two games last week.

Five who just missed: John Shurna-Northwestern, Isaiah Canaan-Murray State, Arnett Moultrie-Mississippi State, Mike Moser-UNLV, Nate Wolters-South Dakota State

Previous Rankings: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

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