Ian Hummer– The Princeton star is a large favorite to win this award. The Tigers” offense is heavily dependent on his production and ability to slice through the lane. Hummer is probably the toughest guy to defend in the league because even if you can keep him from scoring, he”ll find his teammates for open looks, as he currently leads the league in assist rate, chalking up dimes on over 36% of his teammates” field goals when he”s in the game. If Princeton wins the league, it”s hard to see a scenario in which Hummer doesn”t win this award.
Stats: 2nd in PPG,
4th in APG, 4th in RPG, 9th in SPG, 6th in BPG. He”s scored in double figures in 13 of 15 games, and has had 25 in three games (high of 28 at Lafayette and at Elon).
Wesley Saunders- Harvard”s leader plays nearly 90% of his team”s minutes and is very efficient from the field. Saunders” ability to score and draw fouls is essentially unmatched in the league, and he”s even shooting 50% from deep right now (7-14). If Harvard wins the title and Hummer”s stats don”t blow everyone else out of the water, it”s probably Saunders” trophy to lose.
Stats: 1st in PPG, 5th in APG, 16th in RPG, 1st in SPG, 15th in BPG. Has scored in double figures in all 16 games, and has had a season-high 21 twice (vs. Vermont and vs. Rice).
Siyani Chambers- A freshman has never won the Player of the Year award, but the way Chambers has taken over for Brandyn Curry, this could be the year. The Crimson point guard plays the 5th most minutes of any player in the country (93.5% of his team”s minutes), so there”s an argument that he”s the most valuable individual in the league right now. Efficient scorer, great passer, and showing maturity beyond his years thus far. If Harvard wins the title despite Saunders putting up a few stinkers along the way, we could be looking at the first freshman POY winner ever.
Stats: 7th in PPG, 1st in APG, 7th in SPG. Has scored in double figures in 11 of 16 games, and has four 20 games (high of 22 at Dartmouth).
Brian Barbour- The Columbia point guard is one of the most exciting players in the league to watch. When the clock goes under five minutes at Levien, it officially becomes Barbour Time. The California native loves to take over down the stretch and is extremely skilled at slicing and dicing his way to the bucket and finishing when his team needs it. Takes care of the ball very well and is the main reason Columbia is in the Top 10 teams with the fewest turnovers in the country. If Columbia can make things close at the top or even lead Columbia to an unlikely title, Barbour will have a great shot at the POY.
Stats: 5th in PPG, 2nd in APG, 3rd in SPG. Has scored in double figures in 13 of 16 games, and has had a season-high 19 points in four games (at Furman, vs. Marist, vs. Bucknell, and at American).
Shonn Miller- Miller is the league”s best defensive player and the offensive side of his game is starting to really improve too. His problem is that he”s stuck on a team that seems destined for mediocrity in 2013. Miller is an incredible athlete and alters even more shots than he gets credit for. If Cornell can make a surprising run into the Top 3 and Miller keeps improving on offense, he could get some POY votes.
Stats: 13th in PPG, 3rd in RPG, 4th in SPG, 2nd in BPG. Has scored in double digits in 11 of 19 games, and had a season-high 20 points vs. Colgate.
Sean McGonagill– The Bears” guard has shown how dangerous he can be when he”s on. If he can deliver Brown a top half finish and put up some crazy numbers, you never know.
Fran Dougherty- Penn”s biggest scoring threat looked great early in the
season, scoring 31 vs. Fairfield, and more than 20 in four straight games, but a case of mono has kept Dougherty sidelined for eight straight games. The Quakers almost definitely aren”t good enough this year for him to win this award anyway, but if he put up Barnett-like numbers in a better than expected finish from Penn, a POY nod would be possible, I suppose.