Bank Shots: Kansas’ Robinson deserves the POY
I’d also like it to be known that I am not in favor of freshmen winning major awards unless they’re far and wide the best player in a given sport.
Or unless they have an award that is just for their class, which college basketball does.
That’s why I don’t think that Kentucky rookie Anthony Davis should take home multiple awards this year.
I think Davis is awesome, and if my team was picking first in June’s draft, I’d have to be completely blown away by another player to not choose him.
I think he has incredible upside as a pro and his skill set will translate to the next level.
He can jump out of the building and block shots like a young Dikembe Mutombo.
Davis’ offensive game will only improve in the coming years, and if a team lucks out and wins the lottery, he’d be a great prize.
But I can’t say that he’s the best player in the country.
Heck, he’s not even the best player to wear blue as a primary color on his jersey.
No disrespect to Davis and his unibrow, but Thomas Robinson is the best player in college basketball and absolutely deserves the Player of the Year award.
Robinson has more double-doubles, monster games and season-altering plays on his resumé than Davis.
And while his team is ranked lower in the most recent AP Poll, if you were to take Robinson off the floor, Kansas wouldn’t be nearly as good as they are.
Take Davis away from Kentucky and they’re still the best team in the SEC.
If Robinson isn’t on the floor for the Jayhawks, they finish third or fourth in the Big 12.
And as far as I’ve ever understood awards like Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player, if you take that player away from his team, the team would fail.
I can’t say that Kentucky would fail without Davis.
Kansas wouldn’t be a top-10 team without Robinson.
In games against ranked opponents, Robinson averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds (over eight games, including one against Kentucky) while Davis averaged 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds (over five games, including the one against Kansas).
When the competition was stiffest, Robinson played some of his best games, including a 28/12 performance against Missouri with the Big 12’s regular season title on the line.
Davis has turned in some monster games lately, playing his best as the season comes to a close. But his numbers haven’t been nearly as impressive, at least to me.
I just feel like Robinson is much more valuable to Kansas and that he is the best player in the country this season.
They should both be named First Team All-America later this month, but Robinson should be the recipient of the nation’s biggest individual reward.
I think it would be awesome to see these two square off in a Final Four matchup in New Orleans, putting the nation’s two best power forwards against each other with the most at stake.
I’m rarely right in predicting awards and winners of things, but I have a really strong feeling I’ll be right on with this one.
But until then, we can enjoy the greatness of college basketball, especially with the greatest three weeks of the year right around the corner.
Next week, once the brackets are solidified and the first four games have been played, I’ll have my picks for the whole tournament, as well as a few upsets to watch for and some players that you should keep your eye on.
Enjoy the rest of Championship Week, and may the best teams and players win.