Doug McDermott of Creighton is the frontrunner for college basketball's player of the year.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some people say the race for player of the year in college basketball is over. I'm not one of those people ready to send the award to Doug McDermott of Creighton on the third Thursday of February.
Too much important basketball yet to be played. Too many other guys who can twist the spotlight in their direction over the final six-and-a-half weeks of the season.
Too many other big moments ahead – like Saturday in Cincinnati when Russ Smith (Louisville) and Sean Kilpatrick (Cincy) go head-to-head. Ken Pomeroy ranks Smith and Kilpatrick third and fourth on his player of the year blog. (Yes, McDermott is first, ahead of Duke freshman Jabari Parker.
Question: What happens if McDermott and Creighton exit the NCAA Tournament on the first weekend?
There is one more reason I'm not ready to call the race over. The folks at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the presenters of the Wooden Award, have put out the call for the final nominees.
And they're not asking for five names. They want 15.
You've got McDermott. You've got Smith and Kilpatrick. Parker, Julius Randle (Kentucky), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) are likely to represent the freshman class. It's impossible to overlook Shabazz Napier (UConn) or C.J. Fair (Syracuse).