ESPN's Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg make a case for Devonte' Graham as national player of the year


Remember a year ago, when all of the national college basketball analysts — and tens of thousands of amateur pundits, as well — kept singing the praises of KU guard Frank Mason III for national player of the year?

It's happening again.

Maybe not with the same intensity and frequency. And it's even less likely that this Jayhawk will sweep the awards like Mason did a season ago. But there's no doubt that senior point guard Devonte' Graham has played himself into the conversation.

Graham's senior season, like Mason's before it, has been nothing short of spectacular. They have not been mirror images of one another and there were things that Mason did well that Graham doesn't and vice versa. But both Jayhawks are extreme competitors and both found/are finding themselves in the same discussions nearly a year apart.


Andy Godwin 1 year ago

Love that a few national pundits are jumping off the Trae Young bandwagon and onto the Graham bus. I have to agree with Jay Williams, if Devonte had not been on this team and had not helped carry them down the stretch, they would be in deep doo doo. Still fear KU will have a bad match up in the NCAA (a team that is loaded with bigs) on a night when the 3's are not falling and they will get knocked out early. Hope this is another challenge to Devonte to prove this pundit wrong. Rock Chalk.

Tony Bandle 1 year ago

Just the fact that two of the four top candidates are from the Big 12 speaks volumes of the quality of this conference.

The rise of the Big 12 to the top of the heap of the top conferences, in my humble opinion, can be attested to KU. The other teams have gone all out resulting in driving the league to increase their quality of play because of the highest of standards set by the University of Kansas and "The Streak".

The Big 12 is the ultimate example of parity in excellence. Any team is capable of beating any other team...any team!!! Every team in the league has at least one win against a upper echelon league opponent. Every night is a battle and there are no patsies.

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 1 year ago

well said until the last word, i read pasties. :) i do think we are more respected than the sec and acc by far now. players want to come here. north carolina is meh. duke has something going on whether pay or ??? arizona and mich state i think have the good staff like we do.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago


They may be in deep doo, and Izzo as some explaining to do when the seasons over. He's been dodging a lot of questions for a lot of days.

Phil Leister 1 year ago

Did you really just make a comment on the quality of staff at arizona? That's funny.

John Strayer 1 year ago is time for the Big XII to prove it on the court this Spring. Getting 8 teams in and having 7 lose in the first weekend isn't going to cut it any more. Gotta start winning games in March to back up the "hype". Even time to win some games where the Big XII maybe the lower seed.

Kent Richardson 1 year ago

While I hope DeVonte is POY I think he would have to crash to not be named first team AA. That's pretty salty.

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