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College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 1

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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.
4 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.