College Basketball Player of the Year race: Duke’s Kennard is biggest surprise – CBSSports.com

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It is still early. This college basketball season isn’t even a month old. So nobody should crown anything or anybody quite yet. But if I had to vote for National Player of the Year today, I’d vote for …


UCLA Bruins
‘s Lonzo Ball.

And it’s not just because the freshman sensation is leading the nation in assists per game (9.3) while also averaging 14.6 points and 5.0 rebounds for a team that’s undefeated and ranked second in the AP poll, second in the Coaches poll and second in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). That’s an important part of things, clearly. But what’s most impressive about Ball is how he’s completely transformed a program.

UCLA went 15-17 last season. UCLA is 9-0 this season.

That’s not completely because of Ball.

But it’s mostly because of Ball.

Thus, I think,…

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