Hansbrough Named ESPN Player of the Year

Obviously it is not one if the big six NPOY awards but I have to think these affect the voters down the line, a little like the primaries in an election year and much to the chagrin of John Gasaway.

Hansbrough won the vote 8-3 among the ESPN “experts”  and I use that term very loosely when it comes to the likes of Doug Gottlieb.  And that has nothing to do with Gottlieb voting for Michael Beasley is has more to do with the fact he is a certified moron in general.  The reasons given for Michael Beasley were predicated on his having better numbers in general and not having a supporting cast.  Andy Glockner made the most curious assertion of the bunch though:

Beasley is not surrounded by the same level of talent Durant had, especially after the Wildcats lost David Hoskins for the season, but he very well could carry K-State as far in the NCAAs as Durant did Texas.

That almost sounds like a joke since Texas was eliminated in the 2nd round by USC last season.  As for the pro-Hansbrough contingent.  His drive, effort and the hoisting of the Tar Heel team and placing them on his shoulders while Lawson was out tipped the scales in his favor.

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7 Responses to Hansbrough Named ESPN Player of the Year

  1. Larry P says:

    THF, that sounds like the guy on ESPN, don’t know his name but it’s probably been bandied about on this site, who said no way would UNC beat Dook at Cameron. Too much dark blue defense, etc.

  2. Beasley is not surrounded by the same level of talent Durant had, especially after the Wildcats lost David Hoskins for the season, but he very well could carry K-State as far in the NCAAs as Durant did Texas.

    This line of argument only holds water if the additional talent around Hansbrough discouraged teams from double and triple teaming him. But they do anyway.

    So this is really an argument in favor of Hansbrough, who has to involve other talented players who also have a green light to shoot, and still gets numbers very close to Beasley.

  3. geof says:

    My money is on the selection committee finding a way to make K-State an 8 or 9 seed and setting up a potential Beasley – Hansbrough showdown in round 2. Not saying that would settle POY, but it sure would be fun!

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Yes and of course the committee denies they do things like that but we all know what the deal is. I also expect if they can make Kansas and UNC the top two seeds in the same region they will do that as well.

  5. william says:

    Well, they can’t put UNC, Georgetown and Carolina in the same region.

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I have seen Lunardi projecting UNC and Gtown as 1 and 2 in the East but I thought there was a rule the committee used that prevented them from doing that.

  7. TxTarheel says:

    if there is such a rule it should be called the “Odom rule”…how many seasons in a row did Wake wind up dropping to A. Kentucky or B. Utah? Especially during the Duncan years.

    If they seeded today that’s probably how it works out, although Georgetown would appear the strongest # 2 assuming they win the Big East tomorrow night. Strongest # 2 should not be paired with the overall #1 however

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