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College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 9

It's a brand new year, and that means conference schedules around the country are already underway or will kick off later this week. The time for mid-major stars to assert themselves against top-notch competition is pretty much over, thereby shifting the spotlight even further to players from the nation's power-six conferences. So if you didn't already get your fill of guys like Doug McDermott, Damian Lillard, Orlando Johnson and Nate Wolters over the season's first two months, then you really missed the boat.

The man everyone will be looking to unseat as the season progresses is ultra-improved Kansas forward Thomas Robinson. Last week was T-Rob's first in the top spot, and the talented Jayhawks forward responded in a big way with an unmistakable player of the year-type performance in a blowout win over North Dakota (30 points & 21 rebounds). Robinson's team might be entering uncertain territory in a crowded Big 12 race, but as far as we're concerned, he's the No. 1 guy to beat to kick off 2012.

Week nine the jump...

Rank Change Player-School Notes
1 -- Thomas Robinson-KAN A flat-out elite performance: 30 pts, 21 reb, 4 asts vs. North Dakota.
2 -- Jared Sullinger-OSU
Being more aggressive on D this yr=more fouls. 3.5/gm over last four.
3 +2 Anthony Davis-KEN
Per 40/min stats vs. L'ville: 26.7 pts, 14.8 rebs, 8.9 blks, 4.4 stls
4 -- Jeremy Lamb-CON
Efficient start in Big East play: 19 ppg, 65% FGs, 55% 3Ps, 77% FTs.
5 -2 Tu Holloway-XAV
Faces La Salle on Wed. (12 pts, 15 asts, 9 rebs vs. Explorers last yr).
6 -- Harrison Barnes-UNC Surprising: Played more than 26 minutes just five times in 11-12.
7 -- Marcus Denmon-MIZ
Spearheading *arguably* the best offense in college hoops.
8 -- Draymond Green-MSU
Vastly underrated for POY. All-around numbers are second to few, if any.
9 -- Doug McDermott-CRE
Go figure - he's human after all: Two sub-50% FG games in a row.
10 -- Perry Jones III-BAY
Not dominating like he's capable of. Could use a big game this wk.
11 -- John Henson-UNC
Virtually the same player as last year, just taking a few extra shots.
12 -- John Jenkins-VAN
His long range frequency is insane: 3.8 3PM/gm, 8.7 3PA/gm.
13 -- Kevin Jones-WVU
Gaudy stats mask his abysmal 3P shooting. 23.2% after 14 gms.
14 -- Scott Machado-ION
Double digit assist games: 9....Double digit scoring games: 9
15 -- Kendall Marshall-UNC
Double digit assist games: 6....Double digit scoring games:0
16 UNR Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-KEN
A star is born: Masterful 24-point, 19-rebound performance vs. L'ville.
17 +2 J'Covan Brown-TEX
Mature enough now to drop 20 every night in Big 12 play. Darkhorse.
18 -- Will Barton-MEM
Played 92.3% of Memphis' minutes over the last seven games.
19 -3 Jordan Taylor-WIS
When he takes 19+ shots, the Badgers are 0-2. Still at 38.5 FG%.
20 UNR Kenny Boynton-FLA
His junior yr. compared to his freshman yr: +13.0 FG%, +16.1 3P%

Five who just missed: Damian Lillard-Weber State, Mike Moser-UNLV, Herb Pope-Seton Hall, John Shurna-Northwestern, Arnett Moultrie-Mississippi State