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Handing out the Hardware: An Early Look at 2017 Post Season Awards

Basketball To The Hoop

It’s almost March!!! Sure, go ahead and read the millions of articles out there about bracketology (Ed Note:  one of those millions of articles is here – read @blacketologist article for CHD here) , this one focuses on the hardware. The season is in full swing and coming down the home stretch. Players all over the country have been carrying their respective teams and deserve recognition. This article aims to predict these awards a little early.

 

American Athletic

Most Valuable Player: Kyle Washington, Junior, Cincinnati, Forward

Defensive Player of the Year: Tacko Fall, Sophomore, Central Florida, Center

Freshman of the Year: Tulio Da Silva, Freshman, South Florida, Forward

First Team: – Jalen Adams, Sophomore, UCONN, Guard

– Rob Gray Jr, Junior, Houston, Guard

– Dedric Lawson, Sophomore, Memphis, Guard

– Kyle Washington, Junior, Cincinnati, Forward

– Tacko Fall, Sophomore, Central Florida, Center

 

ACC

Most Valuable Player: Luke Kennard, Sophomore, Duke, Guard

Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Lammers, Junior, Georgia Tech, Center

Freshman of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr, Freshman, NC State, Guard

First Team: – Dwayne Bacon, Sophomore, Florida State, Guard

– Joel Berry, Junior, North Carolina, Guard

– Luke Kennard, Sophomore, Duke, Guard

– Bonzie Colson, Junior, Notre Dame, Forward

– Amile Jefferson, Senior, Duke, Forward

 

Big 12

Most Valuable Player: Frank Mason III, Senior, Kansas, Guard

Defensive Player of the Year: Johnathan Motley, Junior, Baylor, Forward

Freshman of the Year: Josh Jackson, Freshman, Kansas, Forward

First Team: – Frank Mason III, Senior, Kansas, Guard

– Jawun Evans, Sophomore, Oklahoma State, Guard

– Monte Morris, Senior, Iowa State, Guard

– Josh Jackson, Freshman, Kansas, Forward

– Johnathan Motley, Junior, Baylor, Forward

 

Big East

Most Valuable Player: Josh Hart, Senior, Villanova, Guard

Defensive Player of the Year: Angel Delgado, Junior, Seton Hall, Forward

Freshman of the Year: Marcus LoVett, Freshman, St. John’s, Guard

First Team: – Maurice Watson, Senior, Creighton, Point Guard

–  Josh Hart, Senior, Villanova, Guard

– Marcus Foster, Junior, Creighton, Guard

– Trevon Bluiett, Junior, Xavier, Guard

– Kelan Martin, Junior, Butler, Forward

 

Big Ten

Most Valuable Player: Caleb Swanigan, Sophomore, Purdue, Forward

Defensive Player of the Year: Ethan Happ, Sophomore, Wisconsin, Center

Freshman of the Year: Miles Bridges, Freshman, Michigan State, Forward

First Team: – Melo Trimble, Junior, Maryland, Point Guard

– Peter Jok, Senior, Iowa, Guard

-Miles Bridges, Freshman, Michigan State, Forward

– Caleb Swanigan, Sophomore, Purdue, Forward

– Ethan Happ, Sophomore, Wisconsin, Center

SEC

Most Valuable Player: Malik Monk, Freshman, Kentucky, Guard

Defensive Player of the Year: Moses Kingsley, Senior, Arkansas, Forward

Freshman of the Year: Malik Monk, Freshman, Kentucky, Guard

First Team: – Malik Monk, Freshman, Kentucky, Guard

– De’Aaron Fox, Freshman, Kentucky, Guard

– Sindarius Thornwell, Senior, South Carolina, Guard

– Yante Maten, Junior, Georgia, Forward

– Moses Kingsley, Senior, Arkansas, Forward

 

PAC 12

Most Valuable Player: Lonzo Ball, Freshman, UCLA, Guard

Defensive Player of the Year: Ivan Rabb, Sophomore, California, Forward

Freshman of the Year: Lonzo Ball, Freshman, UCLA, Guard

First Team: – Lonzo Ball, Freshman, UCLA, Guard

– Markelle Fultz, Freshman, Washington, Guard

– Dillion Brooks, Junior, Oregon, Forward

– Lauri Markkanen, Freshman, Arizona, Forward

– TJ Leaf, Freshman, UCLA, Forward

 

National Awards

Most Valuable Player: Josh Hart, Senior, Villanova, Guard / Frank Mason III, Senior, Kansas, Guard  (TOO CLOSE TO CALL)

Defensive Player of the Year: Tacko Fall, Sophomore, Central Florida, Center

Freshman of the Year: Lonzo Ball, Freshman, UCLA, Guard

 

First Team:

– Josh Hart, Senior, Villanova, Guard

– Frank Mason III, Senior, Kansas, Guard

– Lonzo Ball, Freshman, UCLA, Guard

– Caleb Swanigan, Sophomore, Purdue, Forward

– Johnathan Motley, Junior, Baylor, Forward

 

Second Team:

– Nigel-Williams Goss, Junior, Gonzaga, Guard

– Malik Monk, Freshman, Kentucky, Guard

– Luke Kennard, Sophomore, Duke, Guard

– Lauri Markkanen, Freshman, Arizona, Forward

– Ethan Happ, Sophomore, Wisconsin, Center

 

Third Team:

– De’Aaron Fox, Freshman, Kentucky, Guard

– Josh Jackson, Freshman, Kansas, Forward

– Miles Bridges, Freshman, Michigan State, Forward

– Dillion Brooks, Junior, Oregon, Forward

– TJ Leaf, Freshman, UCLA, Forward

 

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical)

  • Dwayne Bacon, Sophomore, Florida State, Guard
  • Joel Berry, Junior, North Carolina, Guard
  • Bonzie Colson, Junior, Notre Dame, Forward
  • Jawun Evans, Sophomore, Oklahoma State, Guard
  • Markelle Fultz, Freshman, Washington, Guard
  • Amile Jefferson, Senior, Duke, Forward
  • Dedric Lawson, Sophomore, Memphis, Guard
  • Melo Trimble, Junior, Maryland, Point Guard
  • Kyle Washington, Junior, Cincinnati, Forward

 

 

 

Zachery Bonzheim