The Pub’s Mid-Seasonish Awards

It’s past the halfway point in college basketball. But now that there’s been a few weeks of conference games it’s time to give out The Pub’s Mid-Seasonish Awards.

MVP Blake Griffin, So., F, Oklahoma: No explanation needed here

Most Outstanding Player Luke Harangody, Jr., F, Notre Dame: The big man is averaging 24.8ppg and grabbing 13.1 boards per game for 19th ranked Fighting Irish. He tallied 24pts and 15 rebounds in Saturday’s loss to UConn. Despite the loss Harangody showed Thabeet that he’s the real deal.(Note: Griffin would take this award also but here at the pub MVP and MOP can’t be the same player)

Who? MOP: (Goes to the MOP who gets no media attention)Lester Hudson, Sr., G, Tennessee-Martin: Haven’t heard of him? Don’t worry few outside of the Ohio Valley Conference have. At 6’2″ 190lbs Hudson is averaging 27.3points and 7.4rebounds per game. I don’t care where you play, in D-I thats impressive. And he’s a very efficient scorer shooting 46.6% from the field . Consistency has been the key for Hudson as no team has been able to keep him under 20pts this season.

Most Outstanding Defender Jarvis Varnado, Jr., F/C, Mississippi St: Say defense and everyone immediately thinks Hasheem Thabeet. But at just 6’9″ Varnado swats 4.9shots per games. That’s a full 1.2blocks than 7’3″ Thabeet.

Most Outstanding Freshman Seth Curry, Fr., G, Liberty:20.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2apg, 1.8spg. It’s tough to go with a player from a small school here. But Curry’s stat line speaks for itself. The younger is actually off to a much fast start than Steph’s. It’s hard to beleive that the big schools overlooked this Curry too.

All-Pub 1st Team

  • G: Ty Lawson, Jr., North Carolina:  14.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4 stl, 3.74A/TO
  • G: Stephon Curry, Jr., Davidson: 29.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.4apg,2.9spg
  • F: Blake Griffin, So., Oklahoma: 22.2ppg, 13.8rpg, 1.4bpg , .622FG%
  • F: Ahmad Nivins, Sr., Saint Joseph’s, 20.4ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.1bpg, .677FG%
  • F: Luke Harangody,Jr., Notre Dame, 24.8ppg, 13.1rpg, 1bpg, .478FG%

All-Pub 2nd Team

  • G: Levance Fields, Sr., Pittsburgh:  10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, .8 stl, 3.82A/TO
  • G: Jodie Meeks, Jr., Kentucky: 26.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.5spg, .453 3pt%
  • F: Jordan Hill, Jr., Arrizona: 18.4ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.3bpg , .545FG%
  • F: Tyler Hansbrough, Sr., UNC, 22.7ppg, 7.9rpg, .525 FG%, 10.1 FTA/G
  • C: Hasheem Thabeet, Jr., UConn, 13.0ppg, 10.1rpg, 3.7bpg, .655FG%

All-Pub 3rd Team

  • G: Jeff Teague, So., Wake Forest:  21.5ppg, 3.9apg, 4.1rpg, 2.1 stl
  • G: James Harden, So., Arizona St.: 22ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.9spg .538 FG%
  • F: Kyle Singler, So., Duke: 16.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8spg , .2.9apg
  • F: DeJuan Blair, So., Pittsburgh, 14.6ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.9spg, .597FG%
  • F: Jon Brockman,Sr., Washington, 15.3ppg, 10.7rpg, 1spg, .522FG%

All-Freshman-Team

  • G: Seth Curry, Liberty:  20.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2apg, 1.8 stl
  • G: Mike Rosario, Rutgers: 17.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg
  • F: Luke Babbitt, Nevada: 15.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg
  • F: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest, 12.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.5bpg, 2apg .543FG%
  • C: Greg Monroe, Georgetown, 13.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7bpg, 1.7spg, 2.7apg,  .572FG%
  • Apologies to Oklahoma’s Willie Warren and USC’s DeMar DeRozan. Probably the top contenders to take a spot on this list at the end of the season

Top Coach

Bruce Weber, Illinois: I’ve been a big critic of Weber in the past but he’s really proved that he’s a big time coach this year. He’s led the Illini to a record of 17-3 and no one can honestly say that they saw this coming. On paper this team looks like it should be struggling to stay above .500. But they’ve played well as a team and continue to amaze puzzled onlookers.

Biggest Surprises

The Big10: Despite losing the ACC/Big10 Challenge once again this conference is has played great and established itself as possibly the 3rd best conference this year.

The SEC: One ranked team? Thats it. C’mon a conference like the SEC shouldn’t have this bad of a year.

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One Response

  1. Not bad. Luke Nevill has got to be considered to make the 2nd or 3rd team if we decide to go with a legit Center on every team at the end of the year.

    And I know Harangody has huge numbers so you kinda have to give him MOP. But 47% from the field isn’t ideal for a big man. But for now you probably made the right choice.

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