One more month and we officially enter the 2022-23 college basketball season and the chase for this year’s national best player title is beginning.
Fans across the country are already familiar with names like Drew Timme, Armando Bacot and Oscar Tshiebwe over the years, and while all three of those superstars have gotten off to a solid start to the campaign, it’s been another dominating post that has taken the college hoops universe by storm.
Here’s a breakdown of this year’s nominees, broken down into categories, with an early favorite sitting alone at number one.
Purdue’s Zach Edey and Gonzaga’s Drew Timme top the Player of the Year ranks
Andy Katz shares his best player at this point of the season, with Purdue’s Zach Edey standing alone in first place.
TIER ONE: Top player of the year
Edey has been the most dominant player in the country in the first month of the season. He was a doubles machine, averaging 23 points and 12 goals while leading the team to an impressive 9-0 start and 4th place in the AP Top 25 Poll. The 7-foot-4 Toronto native is taking 23 points, 18 pre-recoveries Hofstrafollowing an amazing 31 points, 22 rebounds in the previous win Minnesota. Currently, everyone in the country is chasing Edey for the title of player of the year.
STEP TWO: Do a push
Jackson-Davis has been named an All-American before the season that will enter this year, and he has certainly met the hype soon. TJD is averaging 18 points and 8 goals per game, while guiding the Hoosiers to a 7-1 start. He had 21 and 10 in a 77-65 . win North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and is about to score a historic double in an overwhelming 81-65 victory over Rugers. It was only the third double ever scored in Indiana basketball history.
Timme soon had to shoulder a burden for Zags. All America preseason is averaging 19.8 points and 8.2 bounces per game against a loaded schedule. Timme scored 22 points and 13 rebounds in a memorable 64-63 win over the state of Michigan in the Classic Armed Forces, and achieved a 29-point, 17-recovery streak in a 73-66 previous victory Kent State in Monday.
Wilson was the Jayhawks’ third pick on last year’s national championship team, because Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun Lead the team in score. However, with both Agbaji and Braun leaving the NBA, Wilson has developed into a dependable player for the Jayhawks, while also taking on an important leadership role. Through nine matches this season, the young striker has promoted that role well, averaging 21.9 points and 9.3 goals per game, the highest in the whole team.
Sasser decided to return to school in hopes of leading the Cougars to a national title. He hasn’t disappointed so far, averaging 16.9 points per competition as Houston’s guide to a perfect 9-0 start and a No. 1 ranking in the country. The senior guard will get a chance to show the college basketball world what he can do on the national stage as the Cougars host Alabama in a top 10 match on Saturday.
This is the year of the big boys in college basketball, and Sanogo is definitely part of that group. The 6-foot-9 from Bamko, Mali has had a stellar start to the season, averaging 18.5 points and 6.9 goals per game. He excelled in an 82-67 win over Alabama at the Phil Knight Invitational, scoring 25 points, four rebounds and two blocks in the win.
UConn’s Adama Sanogo overwhelmed UNCW with 24 points
Adama Sanogo completely overwhelmed the UNCW Seahawks in an 86-50 victory. Sanogo ended the night with 24 points and 5 rebounds.
THIRD: Hard to keep them this low
Tubelis has taken on the role of Arizona’s forwards this season and is doing it brilliantly. The 6-foot-11 big is scoring 20.1 points and 8.3 goals per game as Arizona has an impressive 7-1 start to the season. Tubelis excelled in the Maui Invitational, helping lead the Wildcats to the tournament championship.
2. Oscar Tshiebwe, Sr., Kentucky
Tshiebwe was unwell at the start of the season, because of a knee injury he had to undergo minor surgery just over a month before the season started. The defending national player of the year is averaging 14.2 points and 13.5 goals per game so far this season. He has scored four doubles in the six games he has played.
3. Brandon MillerFather, Alabama
There were some standout freshmen in the first month of the campaign, but Miller was the best of the bunch. The 6-foot-9 Tennessee forward is scoring 19.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while leading the Crimson Tide to a 7-1 start. He was incredible in the Phil Knight Invitational, with his best start being an 81-70 win over Michigan State, where he scored 24 points and nine boards.
Jaquez is healthy and that makes it difficult for the rest of this season’s Pac-12 convention. The Bruins’ almighty keeper is scoring 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per content. He started December with an impressive 27 points in an 80-68 win over the previous Stanford in the Bruins’ Pac-12 opening game.
The Blues have another talented rookie this season, and Filipowski is the most consistent of them all. The five-star big is averaging 14.9 points and the team’s highest 9.4 goals across Duke’s first 11 games of the season. His best game of the season was a 54-51 win over Oregon Statewhere he scored 19 points and 15 bounces in victory.
LEVEL FOUR: Don’t sleep on them
Shannon hasn’t missed a beat since switching from Texas Technology. The 6-foot-6 is averaging 19.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for Illinois Fighting Illini, who ranks 17th. He’s got 29 points, 10 recoveries against UCLA at the start of the season, and there’s a memorable game coming up Texas and his former coach, Chris Beard, where he scored 12 of his 16 points in extra time letting the Longhorns lose their first game of the year.
Murray Jr. was a double-double machine, averaging 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds for the 6-2 Hawkeyes win. 31 points, his 20 recoveries first Georgian Technology in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge was one of the best individual performances in college basketball during the first month of the season. However, he will need to have some breakout games against elite teams if he wants to be promoted on this list in the future.
The Bulldogs have had a surprising 8-0 start to the season, and Smith is the main reason why. The 6-foot-11 man is scoring 16 points and 10 goals per game. He scored 16 and 16 in an impressive 52-49 win first Wyoming early this season.
The Billikens are still waiting for a breakout win this season, but Collins has impressed in the point guard position. The base floor champion is averaging a brace with 11.8 points and 11.1 assists per game. He’s earned 13 cents or more in five of the team’s 10 games this year, including 20 cents in one.
Walker was already a rock star for Andy Kennedy’s team, averaging 25.7 points per competition, topping the nation. He topped the 30-point mark on three separate occasions, including scoring 31 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds in an impressive 87-73 pre-win. Georgia.
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Andy Katz is a longtime college basketball writer, analyst, and host. He can be seen on the platforms of FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network, as well as March Madness and NCAA.com, and he hosts the podcast “March Madness 365.” Katz has worked at ESPN for nearly two decades and before that nine years at newspapers.
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