Friday, March 5, 2010
POY: Evan Turner vs. John Wall. Who Ya Got?
The phenom, or the do-it-all kid that has worked his tail off over the past 3 years? I'm a bit biased of course...I hate Kentucky almost as much as I love Ohio State. However, I'm not drinker of the Thad Matta Kool-Aid and have been skeptical over his recruiting in the past...but he sure did fall into a winner with Evan Turner. When this kid came to Columbus 3 years ago, I dismissed him from the outset. He was skinny & frail. Could not finish. He was not hyped like his fellow freshmen Kosta Koufos, Jon Diebler, and Dallas Lauderdale were coming out of high school. But, in a short amount of time he's become a man, pulling far & away ahead and rightfully deserving POY honors for taking an otherwise average-at-best Buckeye squad to a Top 10 ranking, a Big 10 Championship, and possible #1 seed in the Big Dance. The guy's a modern-day Oscar Robertson...a difference maker in every facet of the game. Turner's even contemplating returning for his senior season, which is huge in my book in this day of one & done divas. Oh, did I mention the kid BROKE HIS BACK this season too, came back & never missed a beat? C'mon Andy Staples...get yer head of Wall's ass. Here's the counterpoint from SI's Stewart Mandel, obviously a more level-headed, mature individual without propensity for man/boy crushes. Wall might be a better pro, just like Derrick Rose, but Turner is the 2009/2010 COLLEGE Player of the Year!