Draft Watch: Sensational seniors may get squeezed
Originally Published: February 9, 2007By Chad Ford | ESPN.com
As you may have heard, the college player of the year race appears to be between two players, primarily: Wisconsin senior Alando Tucker and Texas freshman Kevin Durant. Everyone recognizes what a special talent Durant is, but the conventional wisdom is that he isn't likely to win because freshmen just don't win player of the year, and because Texas is not considered a great team. Tucker, on the other hand, is a more classic candidate, one who has steadily built his credentials over several years, and he leads one of the best teams in the country. The award appears to be his to lose. So, of course, my mailbox is filling up with questions about Tucker. In particular, readers want to know, why is the potential college player of the year listed as the No. 42 draft prospect on my ranking of the Top 100 prospects for the 2007 NBA draft? First, another question: Has a college player of the year ever been ranked so low by NBA scouts? Actually, no, not in the last 10 years.
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