I warned folks in Tuesday’s edition of King’s Court that Kansas’ Thomas Robinson was hardly the national player of the year lock that so many considered him to be. One day later, Robinson has been bumped from the No. 1 slot of at least one Wooden Award ballot.
Here’s how I’d vote for college basketball’s most prestigious honor if the season ended today.
Anthony Davis, Kentucky -- No one in college basketball affects the game quite like the Wildcats’ 6-foot-11 freshman center. Davis averages a national-best 4.7 blocks per contest along with 13.5 points and 10 rebounds for the country’s best team. The Chicago native will almost certainly be the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA draft.
Thomas Robinson, Kansas -- Robinson had just 13 points in Saturday’s loss at Iowa State, when he failed to capitalize on several easy scoring opportunities down low. Robinson has committed five turnovers in each of his last two games. He’ll need to have a huge performance if the Jayhawks hope to beat Missouri Saturday in Columbia.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia -- With averages of 20.9 points and 11.5 rebounds, Jones continues to put up monster numbers for the Mountaineers. He’s scored at least 20 points in eight straight games and is shooting 54 percent from the field. It’s difficult, however, to give this award to a player on a team that is struggling as badly as West Virginia. The Mountaineers have lost three straight games.
Doug McDermott, Creighton -- The sophomore is averaging 27 points and 7.5 rebounds in his last two games and ranks fourth nationally in scoring with a 23.5-point average. Creighton will take a 10-game winning streak into Wednesday’s home game against Illinois State.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State -- The Buckeyes have won their past four games by an average of 22.5 points, and Sullinger is one of the main reasons. The sophomore is averaging 15.8 points during that span and remains one of the top big men in the game.
On the cusp:
Will Barton, Memphis -- The guard/forward had 29 points and eight rebounds in Saturday’s win over Marshall.
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State -- The Racers wouldn’t be 21-0 if not for Canaan, who averages a team-high 18.7 points while shooting 47 percent from 3-point range.
Draymond Green, Michigan State -- One of the nation’s most versatile forwards left Tuesday’s game against Illinois on crutches. Uh-oh.
John Henson, North Carolina -- The nation’s top post defender not named Anthony Davis blocks 3.3 shots per game and alters countless others. Henson also averages 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds.
Perry Jones III, Baylor -- One of the nation’s most-talented players has fully recuperated from an ankle injury, and it showed when he averaged 21.5 points and 13 rebounds in wins over Oklahoma and Texas.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky -- The do-everything freshman had 16 points and eight rebounds in Tuesday’s win over Tennessee after scoring just one point Saturday against LSU.
Scott Machado, Iona -- The Gaels guard leads the nation in assists with 9.9 per game.
Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State -- The 6-foot-11 forward has posted five straight double-doubles.
Mike Scott, Virginia -- The senior had 23 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s win over Clemson.
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina -- The 7-foot center, who averages 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, continues to climb up NBA draft boards.