The regular season is coming to an end and the race for the Wooden Award is getting closer. Players such as Otto Porter and Victor Oladipo are putting on very memorable performances in nearly game. Here is a list of the most elite and astounding players that are contending for the right to call themselves the “player of the year”.
Victor Oladipo is the leading candidate to win the Wooden Award. He is 6’5″ but at times, he seems to be a 7-footer when he crashes the glass. Oladipo’s motor is what gives him the edge over his opponents. He is not a flashy player but he just does everything well! He is averaging 14.1 points and 5.9 rebounds. Oladipo also gets it done on the defensive end by averaging 2.3 spg.
2. Trey Burke, Michigan:
Trey Burke has been on the national radar for basically the entire season. The sophomore guard averages 18.8 points, 6.9 assists and has a 3.9 assist turnover ratio(1st in the country). Although the Wolverines have lost four of their last seven games, they are still the number 4 team in the nation. Trey Burke is the unquestioned leader of Michigan and has been as consistent as a player can be.
3. Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
The wiry sophomore has led Georgetown to a 10 game winning-streak. Porter Jr. is averaging 16.1 points, 7.6 rebounds. The game that officially lifted him to elite status was undoubtedly against Syracuse on February 23rd. Porter Jr. posted 33 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals as Georgetown defeated Syracuse 57-46 in front of more than 35,000 fans in the Carrier Dome. At 6’8″, Otto Porter Jr. possesses a versatile skill set that is truly unique. Many people have said that he is the best Georgetown player since Allen Iverson. If I’m not mistaken, this guy is a star!
4. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
The 7’0″ Zag is averaging 17.7 points and 7 rebounds. An interesting thing(besides trying to spell his last name) is that Olynyk was not even considered a big threat coming into the season. It is like he has just taken advantage of having a great season. The fact that Gonzaga is ranked number 2 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll also helps Olynyk Wooden Award resume. If Olynyk continues his stellar play, the Zags could move into the number 1 spot in the rankings and this would give Olynyk more recognition.
Even though he is only 5’11” and 176 pounds, Shane Larkin plays hard. He is the floor general for the No. 5 team in the country. He averages 13.4 points and 4.3 assists. Although his numbers won’t wow you, he is a leader and he plays well in pressure situations. In Miami’s 90-63 blowout win over then #1 Duke, Larkin had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. That’s right, I said 10 rebounds! This kid is a winner and his winning attitude definitely rubs off on his teammates.
By: Joaquin Jones