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Around The Kilt

November 18, 2016

Every year, D-1 College basketball awards the Naismith College Player of the Year award to the player with the best season. Last year, Buddy Hield won this award by averaging 25 points/game, 5.7 rebounds/game, and 2 assists/game. My pick for the Naismith Award this year is Harry Giles, a freshman forward from Duke. Giles is expected to be the #1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Harry Giles suffered a knee injury in early October and has yet to play in Duke’s first three games, but I believe once he is healthy he will make a strong case for Player of the Year. Injuries are tricky and can be hard to overcome when it comes to winning an award of this caliber, but I believe it is possible.

Dustin Watts
Contributing Writer


Every year young and talented freshman enter the college basketball scene and many other players are moving out of college basketball onto the NBA draft. This makes it hard to pinpoint who the player of the year is going to be in college basketball. My guess would be on Maryland guard Melo Trimble. After a very successful freshman year Trimble had a tough shooting season last year. I think he will break out of his slump and average around 20 ppg and shoot close to 50% from the field. There are multiple players that are very talented like Duke junior Grayson Allen and Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, but those teams have a lot of talented players so the scoring is spread around a lot more. Maryland isn’t a basketball powerhouse so that will give him a chance to score a lot. Don’t be surprised if Melo Trimble is the best player in college basketball this season.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor


My prediction for the player of the year for college basketball is Grayson Allen. The Duke Blue Devils enter the season heavy favorites to win the national championship and that prediction is in large part due to the play of Grayson Allen. Last year Allen posted a stat line of 21.6 points, 3.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. Experts predict his expanded role in the offense will only increase his points and assists per game. There is no better coach than Mike Krzyzewski to get the most out of their players and if he can do so with Grayson Allen than the Junior guard will be poised to win the player of the year award.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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