Someone seriously give me a good reason why Michael Beasley is not a sure thing to win the NCAA Basketball Player of the Year award. Is Tyler Hansbrough your answer? Are you kidding me? That Mark Madsen look-a-like?
Are we simply rewarding players now because they stay longer in college? Are we rewarding players because they play at a school with Dick Vitale’s jock smothered all over it? Are we rewarding players because they play “the right way”? I’m so disappointed.
Kevin Durant was hands down the Player of the Year last year while averaging 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Beasley is putting averages of 26.5 points and 12.4 rebounds per game! Those numbers alone should speak for themselves, shouldn’t they? Oh and I forgot to mention he’s eclipsed the 40 point plateau 3 times this year while breaking Carmelo Anthony’s record for double doubles in a season.
Tyler Hansbrough-Madsen has had a solid year, don’t get me wrong. But when you look at the performances Michael Beasley has put together how can you discredit anything he has done? Is it because he ran his mouth a few times? One thing I’ll say is that he guaranteed a win against Kansas and actually lived up to it. When was the last time that happened in any sport on any level?
Hansbrough is surrounded by North Carolina talent while Beasley is stuck in Manhattan, KS with a broken down Bill Walker. Rather than rewarding a guy who has the best players in the country playing with him, why don’t we look at the guy with no talent that has had to raise his game just to squeak out 20 wins for his school? Player of the Year awards should not be based on TV ratings or the extra kisses blown their way from ESPN. They should be based on how damn good the player actually is no matter where they lace ‘em up.
If you sit there at your little desk and say to yourself, “I wonder who will have the more successful basketball career?” What is your answer?