Sizing up the player of the year winners in all 32 Division I men’s conferences
We started the year predicting that for the 2022-2023 men’s basketball season. the college will produce a few honors: coaches, sleeper teams, players. In a sport rocked by the movement of players from one school to another, will transfers or recruits shine? And what about those who have spent more than a year and have grown into their roles on and off the court?
Well, we’ve watched them all. Over the course of four months, we watched the top players from all 32 Division I conferences complete their resumes and claim the title of best player in their league.
It’s time to hand out the awards. In some cases, the race for these awards remains tight. In others, it has been a landslide for several weeks.
Here’s our pick of players of the year in each league as the regular season draws to a close, and who else could surprise us all by running away with it.
Go to each league:
American | America East | ACC | I LIVE | A-10| Big 12 | Big East | big sky | Big South | big ten | Big West | CAA | US Conference | Horizon | ivy | MAAK | POPPY | IEAC | Missouri Valley | mountain west | NECK | Ohio Valley | Pak-12 | Patriot | SPK | socon | Southland | SWAC | Summit | solar belt | WAC | West Coast
American Sports Conference
Markus Sasser | 6-3 | g | Houston Cougars
America’s No. 1 team’s best player, Sasser (17.9 points per game, 43% of 3 in an AAC game) is also a catalyst on defense, with conference opponents only 93 points per 100 possessions with Sasser on the floor, according to hooplenses. com.
Top Competitions: Kendrick Davis | 6-0 | g | Memphis Tigers | 22.9 points, 5.5 league assists
Finn Sullivan | 6-4 | F | Catamounts of Vermont
With Sullivan (16.2 points per game, 37% of the 3-point line in league play) on the floor this season, the Catamounts have made 61% of their attempts inside the arc and made just one loss in every 10 trips across the park. www.hooplens.com.
Top Competitions: Clarence O. Daniels II | 6-6 | F | New Hampshire Wildcats | 14.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 76% from the free throw line in America East.
Armando Bakot | 6-11 | F | Resin North Carolina Heels
UNC’s fall from preseason top spot to the bubble is well documented, but the only reason the Tar Heels are even mentioned in talk of Sunday tryouts is Backot (16.5 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 55% shooting from the floor in league game). ).
Top Competitions: Terquavion Smith | 6-4 | g | NC State Wolf Pack | 17.2 ppg, 1.3 league steals
Darius McGee | 5-9 | g | Freedom Flames
Having led Liberty to a fifth consecutive ASUN crown, averaging 22.5 points per game and shooting 88% from the charity streak, McGee is set to win his third consecutive ASUN Player of the Year award.
Top Competitions: Jacob Ognatsevich | 6-7 | F | Lipscomb bison | 18.3 ppg, 71.3% steal from 3-point line in the league
Daron Holmes II | 6-10 | F | Dayton Flyers
Holmes, who averaged 20.5 ppg in February, is in the top five in A-10 scoring (18.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 ppg), blocks (1.6 ppg) game) and field goal percentage (62.2%).
Top Competitions: Josh Oduro | 6-9 | C | George Mason Patriots | 17.9 ppg, 9.2 rebounds, 60% shooting from the floor in league play
Conference Big 12
Jalen Wilson | 6-8 | F | Kansas Jayhawks
Before the start of the season, Bill Self challenged Wilson (18.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg) to play as an All-American and help the Jayhawks climb back to the top of the collegiate basketball pecking order. He did not disappoint.
Top Competitions: Marquis Nowell | 5-8 | g | Kansas State Wildcats | 19.8 points per game, 7.0 assists in the Big 12 game
Tyler Kolek | 6-3 | g | Marquette Golden Eagles
Marquette’s rise to the top of the Big East is tied with Kolek (14.6 ppg, 7.8 assists) – the Golden Eagles scored 112 points per 100 possessions and shot 58.2% from behind the arc with him on the floor in the game leagues – and its consistency.
Top Competitions: Bryce Hopkins | 6-7 | F | Providence Brothers | 17.4 ppg, 43% from 3-field in league play
Dillon Jones | 6-6 | g | Weber State Wildcats
You won’t find many players in the country who have finished in the top five in scoring, rebounding and assisting in league play. Jones (18.0 points per game, 12.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists).
Top Competitions: Raekuan Battle | 6-5 | g | Montana State Bobcats | 16.9 points per game, 80% shooting from the free throw line in league games
Drew Pember | 6-11 | C | UNC Asheville Bulldogs
The most dominant force in the Big South all season, Pember (21.7 ppg, 9.2 rebounds, 1.9 ppg) is the reason why UNC Asheville entered the Big South Tournament with a 15-1 record in last 16 games.
Top Competitions: DaQuan Smith | 6-1 | g | Radford Highlanders | 15.1 points per game, 1.2 steals per game in fights in the Big South
Zach Edie | 7-4 | C | Purdue Boilermakers
Edie (22.4 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.7 blocks) could win all of America’s recognized national player of the year awards. His dominance in the Big Ten is an A.
Top Competitions: Trace Jackson-Davies | 6-9 | g | Indiana Hoosiers | 21.3 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks per game
Elijah Pepper | 6-4 | g | UC Davis Aggis
Pepper (23.5 ppg, 3.6 apg) had already gone nine conference games with 25 points or more when his team advanced to March and the last two championship games of the season.
Top Competitions: Latrell Wrightsell Jr. | 6-3 | g | California State University Fullerton Titans | 16.8 points per game, 42% from 3-field in league play
Colonial Athletic Association
Aaron Estrada | 6-3 | g | Hoffstra Pride
It looks like Estrada will be picking up his second consecutive CAA Player of the Year award after averaging 19.5 points per game and leading Hofstra to part of the league title in the regular season.
Top Competitions: Jameer Nelson Jr. | 6-1 | g | Delaware blue chickens | 21.1 points, 4.0 league assists
Jordan Walker | 5-11 | g | CJSC Blazers
Yes, Walker (39% of clips from behind the arc in league play) missed five C-USA games due to injury. He has averaged 21.0 points per game since his return and the UAB posted a 7-1 record ahead of the season finale in Charlotte on Saturday.
Top Competitions: Tylor Perry | 5-11 | g | North Texas medium green | 16.4 points per game, 44% from 3-field in league play
Antoine Davies | 6-1 | g | Detroit Mercy Titans
While chasing Pete Maravich’s record-breaking 3,667 points, Davis averaged 30.1 points per game in the league and once again dominated the Horizon League. Those numbers could also help his team take first place in the league.
Top Competitions: Duane Cohill | 6-2 | g | Youngstown State Penguins | 19.1 points, 5.3 assists, 43% from behind the arc
Jordan Dingle | 6-3 | g | Pennsylvania Quakers
Dingle averaged 22.8 points per game and made 38% of his three-point attempts in league play as Penn began an eight-game winning streak and entered the season finale at Princeton in a three-way tie for first place in league play.
Top Competitions: Tosan Evbuomvan | 6-8 | C | Princeton Tigers | 16.4 points, 6.1 league rebounds
Nelly Junior Joseph | 6-9 | F | Jonah Gaels
With two games remaining on the regular season list, Rick Pitino’s team has already won the MAAC title because Joseph (14.5 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.2 BPG) played at a level no other player could match. in the league.
Top Competitions: Noah Thomasson | 6-3 | g | Niagara Purple Eagles | 20.3 points per game (#1 in conference) in league play
Enrique Freeman | 6-7 | C | Akron Postcodes
Akron enters the league’s final week with a chance of becoming a conference champion thanks to Freeman (18.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.3 blocks).
Top Competitions: Emony Bates | 6-9 | G/F | Eastern Michigan Eagles | 19.5 points, 6.2 league rebounds
Joe Bryant Jr., | 6-1 | g | Norfolk State Spartans
Current MEAC Player of the Year Bryant Jr. (18.3 points per game in MEAC game) has scored 20 or more points in league games six times this season.
Top Competitions: Justin Wright | 6-2 | g | North Carolina Central Eagles | 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds
Tucker DeVries | 6-7 | F | Drake Bulldogs
With DeVries (19.2 ppg) on the court in the MVC this season, Drake has shot 51% from the arc and 37% from 3-pointers, according to hooplens.com.
Top Competitions: Ben Sheppard | 6-6 | g | Belmont Bruins | 19.0 ppg, 41% from PG in league play
Omari Moore | 6-6 | g | San Jose State Spartans
Not only did Moore average 19.7 points per game and 5.1 assists per game at Mountain West, but he also made 81% of his free throws in league games.
Top Competitions: E. J. Harkless | 6-3 | g | UNLV Rebels | 20.5 PPG in MVC Action
Jordan Minor | 6-8 | F | Merrimack Warriors
Minor, who averaged 17.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds in league play, led the Warriors to the NEC regular season title after he converted 55% of his rim shots, according to Hoop-math.com .
Top Competitions: Josh Cohen | 6-10 | F | St. Francis (Pennsylvania) | 21.6 ppg, 8.0 rebounds in NEC game
junior Clay | 6-0 | g | Tennessee State Tigers
With Clay (20.3 points, 6.1 assists, 1.7 assists) leading the league in scoring and assists, Tennessee State set its first conference record of over .500 since the 2017-18 season.
Top Competitions: Ray’Shon Taylor | 6-1 | g | SIU Edwardsville Cougars | 17.1 points per game, 37% from the 3-point line in league play
Jaime Jaques Jr. | 6-7 | F | University of California at Los Angeles
Jaques Jr. (17.2 ppg, 8.8 rebounds in a Pac-12 game) aims to lead UCLA to first place in the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Final Four after winning the regular season for the first time since 2013.
Top Competitions: Azuolas Tubelis | 6-11 | F | Arizona Wildcats | 19.5 points per game, 9.3 rebounds, 55% inside the arc in league play
League of Patriots
Jalen Rucker | 5-10 | g | Army black knights
Despite the Black Knights finishing the season in fourth place, Rucker (16.9 points per game in Patriot League play) is aiming to lead them to a tournament championship and the first NCAA appearance in school history.
Top Competitions: Tucker Richardson | 6-5 | g | Colgate Raiders | 12.2 points, 5.7 assists (#1 in the league)
Brandon Miller | 6-9 | F | Alabama crimson tide
Despite being mired in controversy over his name in a criminal investigation, Miller (19.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 42% from 3-point line) remains the league leader.
Top Competitions: Oscar Chibwe | 6-9 | C | Kentucky Wildcats |…