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Who Would Win Player of the Year today?
Paige Bueckers, UConn
14%
 14%  [ 5 ]
Nia Cooke, South Carolina
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]
Elissa Cunane, NC State
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Dana Evans, Louisville
8%
 8%  [ 3 ]
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
29%
 29%  [ 10 ]
Haley Jones, Stanford
20%
 20%  [ 7 ]
Aari McDonald, Arizona
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA
11%
 11%  [ 4 ]
Ashley Owusu, Maryland
2%
 2%  [ 1 ]
NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Someone Else
8%
 8%  [ 3 ]
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SDHoops



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PostPosted: 01/12/21 12:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm surprised that Cunane doesn't get any love from NC State! I love her game...correct me if I'm wrong, but she's one of the key cogs who's brought the Pack back to national relevancy in the past few years?!


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PostPosted: 01/12/21 12:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

At this point, I find it hard to vote for anyone other than Naz Hillman. Top 10 in points and rebounds in the country for undefeated major conference team? That's very hard to argue against.


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PostPosted: 01/12/21 7:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PUmatty wrote:
At this point, I find it hard to vote for anyone other than Naz Hillman. Top 10 in points and rebounds in the country for undefeated major conference team? That's very hard to argue against.


Thank you! I don’t watch enough outside of the B1G to make a qualified comparison nationally, but she’s pretty darned special. Each year her game grows tremendously. This year she’s improved her free throw shooting by 10% and added more range.


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PostPosted: 01/13/21 8:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Howee wrote:


I haven't been following SC too closely, but....isn't Boston in that mix, yet? And is Haley Jones Stanford's best?


IMO Boston really hasn't performed up to last year's standards yet.
I think Jones is our best, but she will be hampered in terms of national honors because of the way Stanford plays - they play very unselfish ball, which is good for w/l, but not for personal glory.


Boston seems to be ramping up her effort as the season moves along. Would be nice if the team can go on a run of games and not have any major interruptions, but we'll see.

In the first 4 games, Boston shot 17-40 (.425) and averaged 10.5 pts, 8.5 rebs, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. In the next 5 games, she's shot 33-65 (.508) and averaged 16.0 pts, 12.4 rebs, 2.0 steals and 3.4 blocks in those games.

In the 9 games she's played thus far she's surpassing her averages from last year in all categories with exception of FG % and FT %, and she's improved substantially in both categories over the last 5 gms (9-12 - .750 - at the FT line), so we'll see if those trends continue....


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PostPosted: 01/14/21 7:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Conway Gamecock wrote:
myrtle wrote:
Howee wrote:


I haven't been following SC too closely, but....isn't Boston in that mix, yet? And is Haley Jones Stanford's best?


IMO Boston really hasn't performed up to last year's standards yet.
I think Jones is our best, but she will be hampered in terms of national honors because of the way Stanford plays - they play very unselfish ball, which is good for w/l, but not for personal glory.


Boston seems to be ramping up her effort as the season moves along. Would be nice if the team can go on a run of games and not have any major interruptions, but we'll see.

In the first 4 games, Boston shot 17-40 (.425) and averaged 10.5 pts, 8.5 rebs, 1.3 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. In the next 5 games, she's shot 33-65 (.508) and averaged 16.0 pts, 12.4 rebs, 2.0 steals and 3.4 blocks in those games.

In the 9 games she's played thus far she's surpassing her averages from last year in all categories with exception of FG % and FT %, and she's improved substantially in both categories over the last 5 gms (9-12 - .750 - at the FT line), so we'll see if those trends continue....


While I'm no SC fan, I do appreciate their superb and obnoxious amount of talent. I think what might be lost on some people is that alllllllll these players are so young. Boston was just a great player on the team last year with two seniors that had a ton of experience and won a NC. All she had to do was show up, Harris and HH took care of the rest. Not only is Boston young and playing during Covid, but the SC guards are also young.

Not to turn this into a UCONN thing, but we also lost a senior PG, but Crystal was a quiet leader and is just not an alpha, whereas Paige Bueckers is. You could just tell from the opening tip of the season that this is her team, much like Sabrina in 2017. I specifically remember hearing Kara Lawson talk about the 2017 young Ducks and that it was evident that Sabrina was the alpha.

I promise, I'm coming back to SC now, ha! is Henderson or Cooke an alpha type leader?

Sorry for that rollercoaster, don't want to be seen as a hi-jacker of threads. It's early and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet


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PostPosted: 01/14/21 7:22 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PUmatty wrote:
At this point, I find it hard to vote for anyone other than Naz Hillman. Top 10 in points and rebounds in the country for undefeated major conference team? That's very hard to argue against.


Not that this should be a deciding factor, but when is the last time a POY came from a team outside the top 10 that wasn't Kelsey Plum? I do not think she should've won National POY that season, FWIW-but she was chasing the NCAA scoring record and she was a senior guard, coming off a trip to the FF.

I think that's what could hurt all the B1G candidates for individual awards. The media focuses on the top teams in WBB because they think that's where ratings will come from. Is it fair? No. Is it reality? Yes.


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PostPosted: 01/14/21 10:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ucbart wrote:
PUmatty wrote:
At this point, I find it hard to vote for anyone other than Naz Hillman. Top 10 in points and rebounds in the country for undefeated major conference team? That's very hard to argue against.


Not that this should be a deciding factor, but when is the last time a POY came from a team outside the top 10 that wasn't Kelsey Plum? I do not think she should've won National POY that season, FWIW-but she was chasing the NCAA scoring record and she was a senior guard, coming off a trip to the FF.

I think that's what could hurt all the B1G candidates for individual awards. The media focuses on the top teams in WBB because they think that's where ratings will come from. Is it fair? No. Is it reality? Yes.


You're right. I don't think Hillman will win, but I do think it is where my vote would go now.

If Michigan starts losing games, I might change my mind. If they don't, they'll keep climbing the rankings on her back and it will work itself out.


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