College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 14

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 23: Mike Moser #43 of the UNLV Rebels reacts during the team's game against the California Golden Bears at the Thomas & Mack Center December 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Around this time last season, with Jimmermania in full force, many people were still going nuts over Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State's versatile combo-forward who was hauling in rebounds by the bushel. Even with the eventual player of the year hailing from Leonard's own conference, the sophomore still managed to make a name for himself as the season bled into March. And, when the time came, Leonard was selected with the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, capping off a phenomenal ascension to the pros.

Leonard's story is worth bringing up again for one reason: For how eerily it parallels the path of UNLV's current forward Mike Moser, a strikingly-similar player from the same conference who is putting up Leonard-type numbers in his first year with the Rebels. Moser landed at UNLV by way of UCLA, and has been one of the nation's most dominant players on the glass this year. But instead of the national acclaim that Leonard was privy to, most of the talk about Moser's campaign has been coming from Mountain West fanatics and Ben Howland apologists, and that's just not good enough. To put it bluntly, he hasn't quite caught on with the East Coast crowd as of yet.

For some much-needed perspective, here's how Moser's current line stacks up with Leonard's from a year ago:

  • Leonard: 15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 11.2% OR%, 26.6% DR%, 109.3 ORating
  • Moser: 14.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 12.1% OR%, 29.9% DR%, 105.8 ORating


Week 14 after the jump...

Rank Change Player-School Notes
1 -- Thomas Robinson-KAN Still your clubhouse leader. Last week: 22.5 pts, 15.0 rebs, & 69% FGs.
2 -- Anthony Davis -KEN
Averaging one blocked shot for every 6.3 minutes of court time.
3 -- Doug McDermott-CRE
Recorded 18 points with 60%+ shooting on 15 occasions this year.
4 +1 Jared Sullinger-OSU
Most people might be shocked to know that he's top 50 in TS% (64.0).
5 +1 Draymond Green-MSU
Warrior-like performance vs. UM (14-16-4). He's right in the mix now.
6 -1 Kevin Jones-WVU 23.3% possessions used, and still only 32 turnovers in 24 games.
7 +1 Marcus Denmon-MIZ
Desperately needed Saturday's off. explosion vs. KU (29 pts, 6-of-9 3Ps).
8 -1 Harrison Barnes-UNC
A pair of 33% shooting days last week. The big run is coming soon, right?
9 +3 Perry Jones III-BAY
Has not played less than 27 minutes in a single Big 12 game.
10 -- Scott Machado-ION
Now that's rather impressive: Increased his TS% by 10.9% as a Sr.
11 -- John Henson-UNC
The Lank Factor: 0.9802 (646 PTS+RBS+BLK+STL/659 MIN)
12 +2 Damian Lillard-WEB
NCAA leader in ORating (130.3) among max usage players.
13 -4 Will Barton-MEM
Had chance to make waves vs. SMU/XU last wk. Instead:14 pts/5 rebs.
14 -1 J'Covan Brown-TEX
Shooting worse than last yr., but is a much more efficient player as a Jr.
15 +2 Isaiah Canaan-MUR
A 125.5 ORating on an undefeated squad? Yep, he belongs here.
16 +3 Mike Moser-UNLV
Somewhat ironic how the 6'8" forward's weak point is shot-blocking (0.8/gm).
17 +1 Mike Scott-VIR
Seven TOs vs. FSU were a season-high. Still doesn't rebound well enough.
18 UNR Reggie Hamilton-OAK
2nd in NCAA in scoring (24.3). 30+ points NINE times this season.
19 +1 Arnett Moultrie-MST
Seven rebs on Sat. was just his second non-double-double in SEC play.
20 UNR Jamaal Franklin-SDSU
Overall #'s appear average after poor start to yr. Last 11 gms: 18 pts, 8.7 rebs

Five who just missed: Royce White -Iowa State, Jeremy Lamb -Connecticut, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -Kentucky, John Jenkins -Vanderbilt, Tyler Zeller -North Carolina

Previous Rankings: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13

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