Handicapping the national player of the year race

Originally Published: November 6, 2007
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
Texas coach Rick Barnes told me 15 months ago that he had the best player in the country in 6-foot-9 freshman Kevin Durant. The coach was prophetic because Durant swept every major national player of the year award en route to possibly the best freshman season in college basketball history. However, it is more than talent that puts a player in a position to be national player of the year.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.