John Wall

Writer's Picks: MOP, All-Tournament & Breakout Star

March 16th, 2010

While the NCAA Tournament is ultimately about team success, you can't win games without star players. But which players will be the heroes of the 2010 NCAA Tournament? Look below:

NCAA Basketball Tournament: Top 65 Players

March 14th, 2010
Final Four 2010Based loosely on the quarterly Top 100, I rank the 65 best players in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  This is not a fantasy stats ranking, although many of the players listed put up monster numbers. This is also not an evaluation based on pro talent-level, but a ranking of the best players right now.

John Wall: Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

March 12th, 2010
John Wall - KentuckyNumbers sure are convenient.  As a math teacher, I use them everyday to make comparisons, draw conclusions, and make decisions.   Numbers can be useful to analyze individuals and teams in basketball as well– from comparing points scored and rebounds grabbed, to considering percentages of success.  Numbers, however, remain the default factor in making many important basketball decisions, like choosing All-Conference players, making draft picks, and debating which player is “better.”  While numbers may be symptomatic of a player’s effectiveness, they are rarely the cause.  It is th

2010 College Basketball All-Americans

March 11th, 2010
Evan Turner

Player of the Year Evan Turner and super-freshman John Wall highlight's 2010 All-America teams. Turner averaged 19.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg, and 5.8 apg while helping Ohio St finish tied atop the Big Ten standings. Wall averaged 16.8 ppg and 6.2 apg, helping lead Kentucky to an impressive 29-2 record and an SEC title. They are joined on the First Team by Wall's teammate DeMarcus Cousins, Villanova leader Scottie Reynolds, and Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson.

National Player of the Year: Evan Turner Leads the Pack

March 8th, 2010
John Wall - KentuckyIt's March and everyone's talking about college basketball. Is your team on the bubble?

While all the talk is about teams and brackets and seeds, let's not forget about some of the top individual players who hope to lead those squads deep into the NCAA Tournament.

So let's get started with my five leading candidates to win the coveted Naismith Award, which honors the best player in men's college basketball:

Evan Turner vs John Wall: Player of the Year Debate

March 8th, 2010
Evan TurnerLast year, the debate for the 2008-09 Naismith National Player of the Year was effectively ended sometime in mid-January 9 (or maybe even sooner), when it became clear that Oklahoma's Blake Griffin was far and away the best player in the country. He was a double-double machine who became a nightly fixture on “Sportscenter's Top 10” for his rim-rattling dunks, and he led the Sooners to a 30-6 record and the Elite Eight. Although they would fall short of a championship, there was no question that he was the most dominant player in the nation.

Kentucky's Postseason Could be a Roller-coaster

March 2nd, 2010
Kentucky's DeMarcus CousinsEvery year, CBS concludes their coverage of the NCAA Tournament with “One Shining Moment”, the sappy video montage that shows the highlights, lowlights, emotions and passion that make March Madness so great. Monster dunks. Clutch three-pointers. Buzzer-beaters. Teary-eyed players and coaches. You name it- it's on there.

Poll: Who Will Win the Naismith Award?

February 25th, 2010