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Old 01-12-2018, 12:46 PM
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Default Early discussion of MVC Player of the Year

The outcome depends somewhat on how each candidate's team finishes...as can be seen in all the early talk of how great
Reed Timmer (18.7 ppg, 1st in MVC & 47.2% 3-pt shooting, 6th) has been doing - but Drake may fade and that talk could die down...
But if Drake remains a contender then Timmer could be at the top of the discussion for POY.

Of course Missouri State's Alize Johnson will be in the discussion- he is averaging 15.2 ppg (7th) and 11.4 rpg (1st) and
if he carries his team to a top finish the Player of the Year award is really his to lose...

Here are a couple other players who have been impressive or who are coming on strong..

-Milik Yarbrough (17.6 ppg- 2nd, 5.4 rpg-13th, 4.8 apg-2nd) has already won the Player of the Week twice and Newcomer award 3 times, and has single handedly taken over a couple games and led ISU to wins. Right now, it appears he, Timmer & Johnson are the 3 strongest candidates with anyone else yet to fully prove themselves.

-Evansville's Ryan Taylor (19.4 ppg in MVC play, 42.3% 3-pt shooting) and Indiana State's Jordan Barnes (17.2 ppg in MVC play & 46.5% 3-pt shooting) are both coming on strong but they have to overcome their teams' poor Valley starts.

-Northern Iowa's Bennett Koch, Bradley's Darrell Brown, Jr., ISU's Keyshawn Evans, and Valparaiso's Tevonn Walker are all among their own teams' leaders, and will likely get votes, but barring an amazing run between now & end of February, I think all of them have way too far to go to move into the discussion for Player of the Year.

-One last guy I am hoping can move into the discussion.........Bradley's Donte Thomas. Right now his season numbers of 10.0 ppg & 6.3 rpg won't impress many of those who do the voting, but if he pieces together a string of games like the SIU game (22 pts & 7 reb) or the Valpo game (19 pts, 12 reb) then I think he has an outside shot.
His MVC numbers (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 65.8% FG pct.) are among the best in conference play.
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