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Big East Power Rankings: Player of the Year (12/15)

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On a weekly basis Friarbasketball.com will run power rankings for the conference player of the year, while also ranking each team 1-15.  Here are the initial rankings for conference player of the year in 2012-13.

1. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse: While the schedule has been kind early, the Orange are 3rd in the country in points per game and fifth in assists, with the emerging Carter-Williams at the heart of it all.  His transition to leading the Syracuse offense after playing a bit role last season has been seamless.  MCW is leading the country in assists (10.4) by nearly two a night, and his 3.8 steals are good for second nationally.  He could be scary good if he can locate his perimeter shot again.  A matchup nightmare running the point.

2. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati: The best player on the 11th ranked team in the country, Kilpatrick has been outstanding for the 9-0 Bearcats.  He’s the only player in the Big East averaging over 20 points and six rebounds, and he’s doing it in under 30 minutes per game.  Kilpatrick has been beyond efficient, shooting over 50% from the field and 40% from three point range for the country’s fourth highest scoring team.  The schedule hasn’t been soft either, with wins over Iowa State, Alabama and Oregon coming early.

3. Jack Cooley, Notre Dame: No Big East player is grabbing nine boards a game, except for Cooley who comfortably leads the conference with over 11 per.  Combined with 60% shooting from the field, you have the league’s best interior player to this point of the season.  The 8-1 Irish scored a big win over Kentucky, with Cooley chipping in with 13 points and 11 rebounds against the Cats’ long front line.  A 14 and 11 big who’s getting it done in just 28 minutes per game.

4. Bryce Cotton, Providence: Thrust into the lead guard role after Vincent Council went down early, Cotton has taken his game to another level.  He leads the Big East in scoring and is seventh in assists, despite playing through sprains to his ankle and knee.  Cotton is top ten in minutes per game (4th), free throw percentage (10th) and three point field goals made per game (3rd).

5. Cleveland Melvin, DePaul: Melvin has filled the stat sheet since stepping foot on campus, and that hasn’t changed in his junior season.  DePaul’s five game winning streak includes wins over Auburn, Arizona State and Fairfield, and Melvin has been a constant this year, averaging a shade under 18 points with 8.5 rebounds, while he’s shooting over 50%.  He’s currently second in the Big East in rebounding and sixth in points.

 

Email Kevin at kevin.farrahar@friarbasketball.com

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