Will and should Allen Crabbe be the Pac-12 Player of the Year?
LeonPowe: He should be, but honestly if Muhammad or Singler or Solomon Hill win because of where they finish in the league (and how Crabbe has been average by his standards the last three games) I won't be that upset. Obviously I'd prefer it if he won, but I think all those guys have legit arguments - especially if any of their teams win the Pac-12.
Vincent S: Yes. The leading scorer, the assassin that destroyed Arizona, UCLA, and USC, the silent guardian - who else would you pick but Crabbe? Shabazz has an argument on team results; Jahii Carson played well, but Arizona State faded down the stretch; Oregon and Arizona really didn't have any one star player outclassing the competition. The top 3, in my opinion, are Shabazz, Andre Roberson, and Allen Crabbe; the tear Cal went on the last few weeks should swing opinions in Crabbe's favor.
norcalnick: It's really hard to project right now. UCLA and Oregon are the two teams that finished ahead of or right next to Cal in the standings, and yet neither have an obvious winner. Arsalan Kazemi has an argument for the Ducks, but the fact that he's a transfer who had to sit out in the beginning of the season and gradually work his way into the lineup hurts his case. If you were to judge solely on conference play, he might take it but I think his late bloom hurts him with voters.
I think Shabazz might have too much baggage, and UCLA's egg in Pullman hurts him. So who does that leave? Jahii Carson is on a team that's going to finish .500 in conference play and outside of the NCAA tournament. Andre Roberson's offensive game has obviously regressed from last year.
For the 2nd year in a row no player has really seperated themselves, and we're left with a collection of solid candidates, with nobody really rising above the pack. I'll make my decision later, once all the game have finished, but it hardly seems like a done deal.
atomsareenough: Yes, and yes. It's that simple.
LEastCoastBears: Yes and most likely.