There will always be specific games and performances that we can't get out of our heads when the player of the year discussion inevitably heats up. Last year we had Kemba's exploits in Maui, The Jimmer scurrying through MWC defenses and that crazy Derrick Williams game-sealing block against Washington. And it is these moments that ultimately stand the test of time and help to define the legacies of those who created them.
Because sometimes the player of the year race is about more than just stats. The numbers on paper are important to keep perspective and to compare across the board, but in the end, the human element still has to play a part in things. Clutch situations need to be taken into account, and players should be rewarded accordingly for continuously producing great moments on the biggest of stages with the game on the line.
Over the last week Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Tu Holloway of Xavier had their moments of the young season. Davis, by swatting away a John Henson shot against North Carolina in the waning seconds, and Holloway, after going nuts from behind the arc to help knock off Purdue. Both guys were handsomely rewarded for their performances, and each should remain in the top ten for a long, long time barring injury. As far as Holloway goes, with contenders like Barnes and Taylor not exactly lighting it up, the No. 2 spot behind Sullinger might be his for the foreseeable future.
Week five the jump...
||-OSU||How is he not No. 1? 10th in the NCAA in def. reb% (29.9).
||You won't find a better clutch shooter in the game right now. Proof.
||Shooting 48% on twos & 47.8% on threes. Not adding much otherwise.
||Not going anywhere in this, but teammate Davis is on a mission.
||This does not compute: 5 TOs and 2 asts in loss to Marquette.
|6||--||Jeremy Lamb||26 min vs. Ark was the first time he's played less than 37 in 11-12.
||Free throw breakthrough? 39.5% as a frosh, 71.0% now
||The Lank Factor: 0.990 (218 PTS+RBS+BLK+STL / 220 MIN)
||Assist% is wayyy down. Taking 30% of MSU's shots when on floor.
||Glad we kept him here. 19.5 points, 81.8% FTs in 2 games back.
||Startlingly efficient: 145.3 ORating, 65.5 eFG%, 69.0 true shooting%.
||The points are nice. But what else does he do? Too one-dimensional.
||Miles away from his ultra-efficient 2010-11 self. 38.8% on FGs.
||The Lank Factor: 0.941 (224 PTS+RBS+BLK+STL / 238 MIN)|
||Will hover around 20 ppg, but reb/ast numbers have come back to Earth.
||He's an elite point guard now. Haven't you heard?
|17||--||Kendall Marshall||AST/TO Ratio: Last three games=2.55, First five=4.38
||Only player in NCAA playing less than 29 min/gm w/ a 20+ppg average.
||Had debilitating cramps vs. Xavier & missed crunch-time. Gets a pass.
||Denmon-lite? 126.3 ORating, 62.8 eFG%, 67.1 true shooting%.
Five who just missed: JaMychal Green-Alabama (LW: 20), Mike Moser-UNLV, Andrew Nicholson-St. Bonaventure (LW: 16), Herb Pope-Seton Hall, Dee Bost-Mississippi State