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So Much Sports College Basketball Awards

Player of the Year

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky

It was a close decision between Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor, made even closer by neither separating themselves in the National Championship game. But while Okafor was dominant this year, Frank Kaminsky closed out his college career with an incredible season worthy of being Player of the Year. The 7-foot senior led the Wisconsin Badgers to both the Big Ten regular season championship and conference tournament title and finally learned how to be a force inside near the rim. That, combined with his deadly 3-point range earns him this award as he averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 54.7-percent from the floor and 41.6-percent from distance.

Mid-Major Player of the Year

R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

R.J. Hunter

R.J. Hunter was the best player on the floor every game he played in this season and that include when he played Baylor and Xavier in the NCAA Tournament. He is an elite scorer and is going to be a high NBA draft pick this summer. It was just great that he got to showcase his ability to the world in March. This year, Hunter averaged 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and one block per game while shooting 39.5-percent from the floor and 30.5-percent from 3-point range.

Defensive Player of the Year

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein

Forget about the disappointing end to Kentucky’s season, they were great this year and the biggest reason they were so dominant was because of their defense. All season long the Wildcats has the best defense in the country and it was led by their 7-foot junior Willie Cauley-Stein. He ran the floor as well as a guard and completely changed offenses when opponents tried to go inside. His play at the end of the Notre Dame game to change Jerian Grant’s 3-point shot might be the best defensive play of the year.

Senior of the Year

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky 2

Frank Kaminsky was good as a junior but he was great as a senior. He got in better shape and was able to utilize his athleticism more and learned how to play inside. Last year, he jacked up too many three’s and didn’t play like a 7-footer, but this season he wasn’t afraid to run inside and use his size and length. On top of it, he was undoubtedly the heart and soul of his Badger’s team and the player his teammates rallied around.

Most Improved Player

Terry Rozier, Louisville

Terry Rozier

Everybody always says the biggest jump a college basketball player will make is from their freshman year to their sophomore year and Cardinals guard Terry Rozier is a perfect example of that. As a freshman, he was on the floor but merely as a reserve and averaged only 7 points per game but as a sophomore he was Louisville’s offensive spark and led the team with 17.1 points per game to go with 5.6 rebounds and three assists per contest. He nearly doubled his minutes played, going from 18.9 to 35 per game.

Impact Transfer of the Year

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga

Kyle Wiltjer

Kyle Wiltjer made Gonzaga as good as they have ever been. The former Kentucky player averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in his first year with the Bulldogs and help lead them to a 35-3 record and to the Elite 8. Wiltjer led the Bulldogs in points by a large margin and was a major reason they had one of the most explosive offenses in all of college basketball this past year.

Coach of the Year

John Calipari, Kentucky

John Calipari

Forget about their loss in the Final Four, the fact that John Calipari guides a young wildcat’s team that utilized a lot of freshman to a 34-0 regular season record heading into the NCAA Tournament was amazing. Every single game opposing teams gave Kentucky their absolute best and they answered the call. The only team they lost to all year long was a team that dominated an extremely good Big Ten conference and even then, they were only a few bad breaks and plays away from it being a different decision.

Mid-Major Coach of the Year

Brian Katz, Sacramento State

Brian Katz

It’s just amazing to consider what Sacramento State did from last year to this year. Last season, Sacramento State was only 14-16 and finished 17th in the Big Sky but this year they went 21-12, tied for third in the league. And the truly amazing part about it is he’s done it at a place with only a 1,200 seat arena; not exactly a place where it’s easy to attract top talent.

All-So Much Sports Team

First Team

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin – 18.8p, 8.2r, 2.6a, 0.8s, 1.5b, 54.7 FG%, 41.6 3pt%
Jahlil Okafor, Duke – 17.3p, 8.5r, 1.3a, 0.8s, 1.4b, 51.0 FG%
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State – 19.3p, 5.7r, 5.0a, 1.6s, 44.9 FG%, 41.1 3pt%
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame – 16.5p, 3.0r, 6.7a, 1.7s, 47.8 FG%, 31.6 3pt%
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – 8.9p, 6.4r, 1.0a, 1.2s, 1.7b, 57.2 FG%

Second Team

Bobby Portis, Arkansas – 17.5p, 8.8r, 1.2a, 1.1s, 1.4b, 53.6 FG%, 46.7 3pt%
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga – 16.8p, 6.2r, 1.9a, 0.5s, 0.7b, 54.0 FG%, 46.6 3pt%
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – 10.3p, 6.7r, 1.1a, 0.5s, 2.3b, 56.6 FG%
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia – 14.0p, 3.9r, 2.4a, 0.7s, 42.2 FG%, 34.4 3pt%
Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa – 15.3p, 6.9r, 3.3a, 0.9s, 0.6b, 60.4 FG%

Third Team

Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse – 17.5p, 9.1r, 1.5a, 0.9s, 2.5b, 55.2 FG%
Joseph Young, Oregon – 20.7p, 4.4r, 3.8a, 1.1s, 44.8 FG%, 35.7 3pt%
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga – 11.6p, 2.7r, 4.8a, 1.3s, 44.9 FG%, 43.1 3pt%
Delon Wright, Utah – 14.5p, 4.9r, 5.1a, 2.1s, 1.0b, 50.9 FG%, 35.6 3pt%
Stanley Johnson, Arizona – 13.8p, 6.5r, 1.7a, 1.5s, 44.6 FG%, 37.1 3pt%

Freshman Team

Jahlil Okafor, Duke – 17.3p, 8.5r, 1.3a, 0.8s, 1.4b, 51.0 FG%
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State – 19.3p, 5.7r, 5.0a, 1.6s, 44.9 FG%, 41.1 3pt%
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – 10.3p, 6.7r, 1.1a, 0.5s, 2.3b, 56.6 FG%
Stanley Johnson, Arizona – 13.8p, 6.5r, 1.7a, 1.5s, 44.6 FG%, 37.1 3pt%
Melo Trimble, Maryland – 16.2p, 3.9r, 3.0a, 1.3s, 44.4 FG%, 41.2 3pt%

Mid-Major First Team

R.J. Hunter, Georgia State – 19.7p, 4.7r, 3.6a, 2.1s, 1.0b, 39.5 FG%, 30.5 3pt%
Ty Green, South Carolina Upstate – 20.3p, 3.1r, 2.1a, 2.1s, 44.4 FG%, 40.7 3pt%
Cameron Payne, Murray State – 20.2p, 3.7r, 6.0a, 1.9s, 45.6 FG%, 37.7 3pt%
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook – 16.4p, 11.7r, 2.1a, 0.7s, 2.5b, 53.8 FG%
Justin Moss, Buffalo – 17.5p, 9.2r, 0.6a, 1.0s, 0.8b, 52.1 FG%

Mid-Major Second Team

Mikh McKinney, Sacramento State – 19.2p, 2.8r, 4.9a, 2.4s, 50.7 FG%, 43.0 3pt%
Jalen Cannon, St. Francis Brooklyn – 16.1p, 10.5r, 1.0a, 0.7s, 0.8b, 52.0 FG%, 33.3 3pt%
Marcus Thornton, William & Mary – 20.0p, 2.8r, 2.9a, 0.6s, 45.6 FG%, 40.2 3pt%
Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin – 15.6p, 6.5r, 3.7a, 1.2s, 56.7 FG%
Brad Waldow, Saint Mary’s – 19.0p, 9.1r, 2.2a, 0.5s, 0.7b, 55.8 FG%

All-My Kind of Guy Team:

(Corey’s favorite players to watch)

Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame – 12.5p, 7.4r, 1.5a, 0.7s, 0.9b, 46.6 FG%, 42.3 3pt%
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin – 13.9p, 5.5r, 1.2a, 0.5s, 52.5 FG%, 33.1 3pt%
Tyler Haws, BYU – 22.2p, 4.5r, 2.4a, 0.9s, 48.0 FG%, 36.7 3pt%
Georges Niang, Iowa State – 15.3p, 5.4r, 3.4a, 0.5s, 46.1 FG%, 40.0 3pt%
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville – 15.7p, 9.2r, 1.4a, 0.9s, 1.2b, 56.6 FG%

*Mid Major Conferences include: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Independents, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, Mid-American, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, WAC (Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Gonzaga and BYU excluded)

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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