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NCAA Basketball: Choose Your Own National Player of the Year, #1 (UPDATED w/ Player Names)

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ASoB readers, here is your chance to pick the current favorite for NCAAB NPOY.

ASoB's current NPOY is UCLA's Lonzo Ball.
ASoB's current NPOY is UCLA's Lonzo Ball.
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It's officially time to start National Player of the Year (NPOY) buzz.  Here at ASoB, we are offering you the opportunity to make the call, and will continue to do so monthly, and then biweekly, as the season progresses.

Each post will utilize different interrelated cultural identifiers to refer to the candidates, which is a lot more fun than "Player A, B, C...," etc.  There is no intentional correlation between the identifier and the player.

If you recall, I made a similar numbers-only proposition last February, in a popular and well-visited Quickies post.  I've tweaked the process -- I'm still using per 40s and advanced numbers, but I've subtracted win shares.  Category-leading numbers are emboldened to aid your analysis.  All of these candidates are on squads with winning records.

The stat tables come from the best free spot for NCAAB stats -- CBB Sports-Reference.

For the first go-round, while things are absolutely wide open, there are twelve choices.  I wanted to start with fifteen, but that's just too many.  We'll probably drop to ten or so next time, and then slowly reduce them to four by CT time.

Remember...this is a lot more fun if you just pick your candidate based on the numbers. I know your discerning eyes are trying to determine if there is a 'Cat on this list so you can choose him, but try to resist that urge.

1. Al Simmons Yante Maten (Georgia)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
10.1 17.8 .563 1.0 2.5 .417 5.3 8.2 .650 11.5 1.8 1.0 2.1 2.7 26.5

PER: 31.3 / eFG%: 59 / TS%: 61 / USG%: 31

2. Slade Wilson Josh Hart (Villanova)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
7.7 13.4 .573 2.3 5.5 .419 3.9 5.4 .733 7.3 3.8 2.0 0.0 2.0 21.6

PER: 28.7 / eFG%: 66 / TS%: 68 / USG%: 24

3. Remy LeBeau Luke Kennard (Duke)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
6.7 14.0 .477 2.4 6.2 .395 3.8 4.2 .885 7.7 4.2 0.8 0.3 2.0 19.6

PER: 22.6 / eFG%: 56 / TS%: 61 / USG%: 21

4. Walter Kovacs Lonzo Ball (UCLA)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
6.6 11.5 .574 3.1 6.3 .486 2.7 3.7 .727 6.3 10.8 1.5 1.0 2.9 19.0

PER: 26.8 / eFG%: 71 / TS%: 71 / USG%: 19

5. Johnny Blaze De'Aaron Fox (UK)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
6.7 15.1 .444 0.4 2.8 .133 6.1 7.8 .786 7.4 9.9 2.6 0.4 3.5 19.9

PER: 23.6 / eFG%: 46 / TS%: 53 / USG%: 24

6. Bruce Wayne Markelle Fultz (Washington)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
9.8 17.7 .553 2.1 4.8 .435 7.1 10.2 .694 6.9 8.3 2.7 1.9 3.8 28.8

PER: 34.6 / eFG%: 61 / TS%: 64 / USG%: 29

7. Jonathan Crane Jock Landale (St. Mary's)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
12.2 15.9 .763 0.3 0.5 .500 3.8 4.3 .875 12.4 2.7 0.5 1.4 2.2 28.4

PER: 43.5 / eFG%: 77 / TS%: 79 / USG%: 28

8. Frank Castle Joel Berry (UNC)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
7.9 14.2 .559 3.3 7.1 .471 5.8 6.3 .933 6.3 6.3 2.5 0.0 2.7 25.0

PER: 30.9 / eFG%: 68 / TS%: 73 / USG%: 22

9. Roman Sionis Frank Mason (KU)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
8.6 15.6 .549 2.3 4.8 .480 5.1 6.7 .771 5.0 5.7 1.7 0.0 3.4 24.6

PER: 26.3 / eFG%: 62 / TS%: 65 / USG%: 26

10. Tony Stark Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
12.8 25.5 .500 2.2 3.9 .563 8.6 11.3 .761 4.4 7.9 4.2 0.2 2.7 36.3

PER: 37.9 / eFG%: 54 / TS%: 59 / USG%: 34.9

11. James Rhodes Hassan Martin (URI)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
10.2 14.3 .714 0.0 0.0 4.8 5.6 .864 10.2 0.8 1.0 6.1 3.3 25.2

PER: 36.8 / eFG%: 71 / TS%: 75 / USG%: 25

12. Cletus Kasady Monte Morris (ISU)

Per 40 Minutes Table
FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
9.1 17.4 .526 2.1 4.8 .429 1.6 2.7 .583 7.1 8.9 1.6 0.0 1.6 21.9

PER: 26.9 / eFG%: 59 / TS%: 59 / USG%: 22

Hint: 7'6'' UCF C Tacko Fall is not a candidate, but this is still hilarious.  Hat tip to Will for reminding me.

There is a Poll below, so cast your vote.

As before, let everyone know what swayed you to make your pick, or what scared you away from another candidate, in the comments.  And no spoilers, please.

I'll update this post with the candidates' names very early tomorrow morning.

UPDATE: ASoB's choice for NPOY thus far is LONZO BALL.