It is time to look at the creme de la creme of the power conferences. It is award season, baby!
Time to give my thoughts on the Player of the Year and the top candidates in the power leagues.
Now for the honors. Drum roll please.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Zion Williamson, Duke
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tony Bennett, Virginia
Zion was a difference-maker before the knee injury. Bennett's Cavaliers are so tough on defense and the talent is better than last year on the offensive end.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Corey Davis Jr., Houston
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
To the victor goes the spoils, and Davis has keyed a big season for the Cougars. Cronin gets the nod over Kelvin Sampson because he rebuilt after losing so much offense,
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Markus Howard, Marquette
COACH OF THE YEAR: Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
Howard has had so many big games, including 53 vs. Creighton and 45 vs. Buffalo and Kansas State. Ewing has done a great job with a pretty young squad.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cassius Winston, Michigan State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Painter, Purdue
Winston has done a great job as a leader and court general for Tom Izzo. Purdue is a contender for the Big Ten title, and Painter has done a super job.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dedric Lawson, Kansas
COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Beard, Texas Tech
Lawson has lived up to expectations as a dominant offensive threat. Texas Tech was picked seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll. The Red Raiders had a special season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jaylen Nowell, Washington
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Hopkins, Washington
The Huskies have dominated the conference, so a sweep in the awards is deserving.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Grant Williams, Tennessee
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kermit Davis, Ole Miss
Williams has been a star on both ends of the court. Davis took a Mississippi team picked last in the SEC preseason poll and made them relevant.