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Sunday, February 14, 2010

CBK Player of the year: Evan Turner or John Wall?

This year's race for college basketball's player of the year award has essentially come down to two individuals: Ohio State's point forward, junior Evan Turner, and Kentucky's freshman point guard John Wall. Both are very good scorers, and can beat you a number of ways. Watching last night's Kentucky-Tennessee game, I would have to argue that Wall is a better ball handler than Turner, more than likely because it is his natural position. I also believe that Wall is a bit better at getting the transition game started than Turner. However, I think the deciding factor in this debate is which player means more to his team. In that case, there is no comparison. Without Evan Turner's presence, the Buckeyes go from a 3 or 4 seed in the NCAA tournament to a team that is fighting to make the NIT. Turner not only does it by scoring and passing the ball, but his ability to go and get the rebound and hard effort on the defensive end of the floor make him a very special player. Without Turner in the lineup, the Buckeyes were a 3-3. Since his return, the Buckeyes have went on to win 9 of their last 11 games. While John Wall might end up being the better pro prospect, the fact that he has a better supporting cast at UK means that Evan Turner has a slight edge over him for POY.

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