Creighton sophomore Doug McDermott is one of four finalists for the Naismith Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year. The other three finalists for the award are Kansas junior Thomas Robinson, Michigan State senior Draymond Green and Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. Fans can text their votes for the player of their choice by texting VOTE to 34763. Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
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After becoming the first freshman since 1952 to be named to the All?Missouri Valley Conference first team last year, McDermott became the first sophomore ever to be voted the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. He ranks third nationally in scoring, averaging 23.2 points per game, seventh nationally in shooting percentage with 61.0 percent. He set a school record 765 points in a single season, and led the Bluejays with 33 points to beat Illinois State in the MVC conference championship to clinch a bid to the 2012 NCAA tournament as a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region, their first time back since 2007.
The Big 12 Player of the Year ended the regular season averaging a double?double, with 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and on most every All?American first team named in 2011?12. His 23 double?doubles are tied for the national lead and his 11.8 rebound average is second nationally. The Jayhawks received a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in the Midwest Region. With his 30?point, 21?rebound performance against the University of North Dakota, he became the first Jayhawk to reach 30/20 since Wayne Hightower in 1961.
The SEC Player of the Year became the third freshman to win the honor in league history. He set both the school record and SEC freshman mark for most blocks in a season with 146 while averaging 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, who secured the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Davis also became the fourth player (and third consecutive) from Kentucky to be voted SEC Freshman of the Year.
With four Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the week awards over the 2011?12 season, Green became the first Spartan to ever win the award more than three times. He was selected as the Big Ten player of the Year by the coaches and media for his regular season campaign, in which he led his team to a 24?7 record and a Big Ten regular season co?championship while averaging a team?high 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. With a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, Green and the Spartans earned a No. 1 seed in the West Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.