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Posted on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 2:34 p.m.

Best player in college basketball? Our panel says Kentucky's John Wall

By Michael Rothstein


Kentucky freshman guard John Wall leads the in-season poll for the college basketball player of the year. (Photo: Associated Press)

There are several college basketball player of the year awards - the Naismith, the Wooden, the Associated Press and the Robertson - all voted on by journalists.

We’re here to streamline the process. We’ve asked journalists on those panels to give us an in-season snapshot of the best players. Forty-five responded, and here are the totals.

No surprise: Freshman John Wall of Kentucky is the front-runner. Wall, a 6-foot-4 guard, is averaging 17.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game.

On Saturday, Wall hit two free throws with 8.9 seconds left as Kentucky (18-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) beat Auburn, 72-67. Wall finished with 13 points and four assists.


We'll poll the same group every other week until the end of the season.



Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 7:04 p.m.

Turner hands down the best I've seen.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 5:45 p.m.

I am getting at Turner and Reynolds are their team. Reynolds has a few game winning baskets himself. Turner simply dominates opponents. Wall is a stud but I don't think he's a runaway player of the year.

bobby dowell

Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 4:12 p.m.

chosen1 this poll is for who is the best player in the country not the best player who makes his team better. And by the way he does make kentucky better however you ust have missed the three diff game winning shots he made. Other players may or may not have hit those shots however wall did.


Wed, Jan 20, 2010 : 3 p.m.

Boy are there alot of moronic journalists. James, Turner, and Scottie Reynolds do more with less talent around them. Wall is a piece of the puzzle, not the whole glue of the team. If he went down Bledsoe, Cousins, Patterson would keep the UK train rolling