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I switched my vote to Evan Turner

Posted on: March 3, 2010 2:52 pm
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Evan Turner appears headed toward National Player of the Year honors.

The Ohio State junior received 41 of 49 first-place votes in the final AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year poll to take a commanding lead over Kentucky's John Wall. Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds and Duke's Jon Scheyer rounded out the top five. Turner was the lone player to appear on all 49 ballots. He was first or second on 48 of them.

My ballot looked like this:
  1. Evan Turner
  2. John Wall
  3. Wesley Johnson
So, yes, I finally switched from Wall to Turner.

It was the right thing to do.

Here's a recap of Turner's season: Changed positions, posted insane numbers, broke bones in his back, missed six games, returned to the court, posted more ridiculous numbers and led Ohio State to a Big Ten title and Top 10 ranking. He's averaging 19.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. So while I still believe Wall is devastating, the country's best NBA prospect, and somebody who could get hot and overwhelm opponents while leading Kentucky to a national championship, Turner is the correct pick for Player of the Year at this moment.

Remember, Derrick Rose wasn't the Player of the Year in 2008.

He wasn't even a serious candidate for that award.

But Rose was ultimately heralded as college basketball's best guard after the nation watched him tear through Drew Neitzel, D.J. Augustin and Darren Collison in consecutive NCAA tournament games. This could be similar. But there's no denying Turner has had the better season to date, and he deserves every first-place vote he got, plus whatever other honors come his way.
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Comments

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2010 7:57 pm
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

Parrish.... made yourself look pretty stupid with this article.. especially after writing this article.
http://www.cbssports.com/collegebas

ketball/story/12945897/turner-charg

e-doesnt-change-arguable-truth-wall

s-poy



Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:30 pm
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

SO GOES KENTUCKY, GOOD OR BAD, THE MEDIA SHOWS WHAT WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH, IF IT NOT N.C. DUKE, OR CONN SYRACUSE ANY AWARD OR ANY GAME IS THE TALK OF BIAS AGAINST KENTUCKY. I THOUGHT YOU WERE ABOVE ESPN AND WAS FINALLY GOING KY. WAY BUT AGAIN THE MAJORITY WINS OUT. COME ON KENTUCKY FANS YOU SHOULD WRITE A LETTER ALSO. STANGE A PLAYER THAT DIDN'T PLAY THE FIRST MO. ARE SO GETS THIS KIND OF AWARD.




Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2010 6:09 am
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

Boo.  Not his year.  Wall all the Way!



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 10:37 am
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

I'm a UK guy and would love for a UK player to get POY.  But the award has nothing to do with NBA potential.  Wall is going to be the #1 pick for a reason, but Turner deserves the award for what he has done this year.  He has good numbers in 3 categories and his team is in the top 10.  If Wall loses to Turner, there is no controversy.



Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 10:19 am
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

In the last two minutes of a game, plus any overtime periods, Wall has scored 62 points in 66 minutes with only four turnovers, shooting 60 percent from the field....Wall wins games, stats dont always show this



Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 7:53 pm
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

Dear Gary,Wall would eat Turner's lunch. 

I don't think so.  Wall has more upside and may end up being the better PRO but Turner is clearly the best player in COLLEGE.



Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2010 7:32 pm
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

Dear Gary,Wall would eat Turner's lunch. 



Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 5:17 pm
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

I'm a Syracuse fan and I know Wes Johnson doesn't deserve to be in the top 3.  He is a good player but has a lot to work on especially taking another player off the dribble.  I'm more impressed with a player like James Anderson.  Wes may be one of the most talented but his overall game just isn't there yet.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 4:34 pm
 

I switched my vote to Evan Turner

In other news, Hell froze over this morning ...


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