Top Five: Candidates for college basketball player of the year

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Unlike the Heisman Trophy in college football, there is no consensus player of the year award in college basketball. But the Naismith, Oscar Robertson, Wooden, Rupp, AP and NABC awards often come to the same conclusion. After two months of the season, who are the top candidates this year?

5. Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) » No player epitomizes the length and versatility of the Orange more than the 6-foot-6 sophomore, who is averaging 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 4.9 rebounds.

4. Trey Burke (Michigan) » Lehigh's C.J. McCollum was shooting at a ridiculous rate before suffering a broken foot and dropping off this list. Burke, a sophomore, is a nice replacement, averaging 18.2 points and 7.5 assists for the undefeated Wolverines.

3. Jeff Withey (Kansas) » ESPN's Eamonn Brennan points out that through 13 games, the 7-foot Withey is having an "insane defensive season," with 68 blocks and 16 fouls compared with 58 and 29 at the same point last year for Anthony Davis.

2. Mason Plumlee (Duke) » The best player for the nation's No. 1 team has risen in the Blue Devils' toughest games. The 6-10 senior is averaging 18.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 63.4 percent.

1. Doug McDermott (Creighton) » Averaging 23.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game and shooting 54.3 percent from the floor, 48.5 percent from the arc and 87.1 from the line, McDermott is having a season much like last year -- incredibly efficient for the 14-1 Blue Jays.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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