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Young The Odds-On Favorite To Win Player Of The Year

Despite the struggles of the Oklahoma Sooners, freshman point guard Trae Young remains the odds-on favorite to win the Associated Press Player of the Year Award. No player in the country has a greener light than Young – currently -150 to win the coveted award – and the Norman native has rewarded coach Lon Kruger’s trust by leading the nation in points and assists per game.

That being said, Oklahoma will go as far as Young will take them and opposing defenses are well aware of that. “I’m getting guarded like nobody else in the country is being guarded, scouted on like no one else in the country,” said Young. “It’s a lot tougher for me to score now than it was in the beginning.”

Young is a volume shooter who chucks up his first shot and his 20th with the same confidence. However, with little else surrounding him, the freshman’s struggles combined with the suffocating defenses have seen Young slow down considerably recently.

The Other Contenders

The second-best odds to claim the award belong to Villanova’s Jalen Brunson (+120). Brunson’s numbers, though good, are nowhere near as gaudy as Young’s but his efficiency is off the charts. The junior is slashing .537/.427/.807 and is seventh in the nation in win shares per 40 minutes. Brunson is not going to explode in any given game but his constant production for one of the nation’s best teams cements him as a potential POY.

Of course, you can’t discount freshman phenom Deandre Ayton (+1000). The Arizona big man is the biggest matchup problem in all of college basketball thanks to his size and touch around the rim. Ayton is also putting in more of an effort on the defensive end to help complement his offensive skills. The 19-year-old still has plenty of kinks to work out, but nobody is as dominant as Ayton when he is truly motivated.

Who Will Win NCAAB AP Player Of The Year?

Odds as of February 23 at Bovada

  • Trae Young (Oklahoma) -150
  • Jalen Brunson (Villanova) +120
  • Deandre Ayton (Arizona) +1000
  • Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) +1000
  • Marvin Bagley (Duke) +1400
  • Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State) +2500

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