National Player of the Year Race Comes Down to the Wire

The regular season is over, so we wanted to poll our esteemed panel for the final time and get their votes for the National Player of the Year race. If the results are any indication, it’s going to be a tough call between two players for all of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.

Here is the 11-member voting panel:

Jeff Borzello, ESPN.com
Rob Dauster, NBC Sports
Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News
LaPhonso Ellis, ESPN
Jeff Goodman, Stadium
Doug Gottlieb, Fox Sports
Andy Katz, NCAA.com/Fox Sports/BTN
Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports
Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com
Dana O’Neil, The Athletic
Mark Titus, Man Formerly at The Ringer


1) Luka Garza, 6-11, 260, C, Jr., Iowa – 103 points (6 first-place votes)
Previous ranking: 2
Stats: 23.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 36% 3-pointers

2) Obi Toppin, 6-9, 220, PF, RS So., Dayton – 102 points (5 first-place votes)
Previous ranking: 1
Stats: 20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 bpg, 63% FG, 39% 3-pointers

3) Payton Pritchard, 6-2, 190, G, Sr., Oregon – 74 points
Previous ranking: 5
Stats: 20.5 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.3 rpg, 42% 3-pointers

4) Devon Dotson, 6-2, 185, PG, So., Kansas – 68 points
Previous ranking: 8
Stats: 18.1 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 spg

5) Markus Howard, 5-11, 180, G, Sr., Marquette – 52 points
Previous ranking: 6
Stats: 27.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.5 rpg, 41% 3-pointers

T6) Myles Powell, 6-2, 195, G, Sr., Seton Hall – 51 points
Previous ranking: 3
Stats: 21.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 31% 3-pointers

T6) Udoka Azubuike, 7-0, 270, C, Sr., Kansas – 51 points
Previous ranking: NR
Stats: 13.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 75% FG

8) Malachi Flynn, 6-1, 185, PG, Jr., San Diego State – 45 points
Previous ranking: 4
Stats: 17.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.5 rpg, 37% 3-pointers

9) Cassius Winston, 6-1, 185, PG, Sr., Michigan State – 28 points
Previous ranking: 10
Stats: 18.6 ppg, 5.9 apg, 43% 3-pointers

10) Vernon Carey Jr., 6-10, 270, C, Fr., Duke – 13 points
Previous ranking: 7
Stats: 17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 58% FG

Others Receiving Votes: Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev (8 points), Creighton’s Ty-Shon Alexander (4 points), Kentucky’s Nick Richards (3 points), Louisville’s Jordan Nwora (1 point), Duke’s Tre Jones (1 point), Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski (1 point)

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