As March Madness seedings are starting to take shape, TGH gives a look at the NCAA Player of the Year rankings for the 2021-2022 men’s basketball season. Stay tuned to TGH and visit our college basketball page for more rankings, previews and draft profiles!
5. Drew Timme, Gonzaga
18.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 62.1 FG%
Drew Timme, a 6-foot-10 junior, led Gonzaga’s run to the national final last season. This year, he’s averaging 18.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Playing for one of the most talented teams in the nation, Timme started the year with 37 against Texas. Although things began to slow down a little, he has picked it back up earlier this month, with 30 against BYU and 32 at Santa Clara. He is a productive leader and a top candidate for the Player of The Year.
4. Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
16.3 PPG, 15.1 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 61.5 FG%
Oscar Tshiebwe, a 6-foot-9 junior, is arguably the most dominant rebounder college basketball has seen in decades. He’s averaging a double-double of 16-15, and he has recorded 20 or more rebounds in five games this season. In his last game, he had a dominating performance against No. 5 Kansas. He finished the night with 17 points on 8/13 shooting and 14 rebounds and four steals.
3. Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
21.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 58.9 FG%
Kofi Cockburn, a 7-foot center, is the most intimidating player in the country. The junior is a massive center who plays with a brute force. old school big man who acts as an enforcer inside. He’s averaging a double-double right now and had a 23-point, 18-rebound effort earlier this month against Maryland. As of now, he is listed at +600 to win Player of the Year.
2. Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
20.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 51.5 FG%
Ochai Agbaji, a 6-foot-5 senior, is undoubtedly one of the most proficient scorers in the country. He is shooting a sizzling 47 percent from three-point range. The guard has had some huge games, including a 37 point game in a double-overtime win against Texas Tech and 29 in a road win at Kansas State. Given his experience and cool, calm and collective playstyle, he has become one of the best go-to, late-game players in the game.
1. Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
21.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.4 SPG
Johnny Davis, a 6-foot-5 combo-guard, is the front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year. The Wisconsin sophomore has dramatically picked up his game, as he has tripled his scoring average from last year. He has had multiple player of the year moments, including scoring 30 in a win over Houston, 37 in a win at Purdue and 27 at Northwestern. In his latest game against Minnesota, he dropped 16 points and 15 rebounds, as well as two clutch buckets in a 66-60 win.
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