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National Player of the Year - Wooden Award 2008

With the regular baskeball season coming to a close it is time to start thinking about who will win the Wooden Award for 2008 for best college basketball player. Last year Kevin Durrant was the first freshman to win the AP poll. Could the trend continue in 2008 with Michael Beasley of Kansas State winning the award. Beasley has to be considered a front runner averaging a double double in his freshman year with 26.7 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game. Please see our poll asking if fans believe freshman are deserving of player of the year consideration. The other front runner for the award right now is North Carolina junior Tyler Hansbrough who has led North Carolina to a number one ranking also averaging a double double per game with 23.4 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game.

Other strong canidates for the award include Pac 10 freshman C/F Kevin Love at UCLA and guard O.J. Mayo at USC. Sophmore guard D. J. Augustin who has continued Texas's success this year without Durrant. Sophmore forward Ryan Anderson at California. Leading the seniors this year is D. J. White at Indiana averaging a double double per game and trying to help keep Indiana together after Sampson's departure as coach.

We are now opening our poll for National Coach of the Year 2008. Please vote for the player you feel is most deserving and let your friends know about the poll. If you have a blog post or newspaper story that helps explain why a player should win the National Player of the Year, please submit it as a comment and we will add it to the list below.

To learn more about the canidates visit http://collegebasketballnews.scout.com/2/733860.html
http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/7815686/Hansbrough-still-leads-for-player-of-year-

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