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The Player of the Year strawpoll says: Plumlee, Burke, McDermott

Jan 10, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

Mason Plumlee, Elliott Eliason, Andre Hollins

One of my favorite things that ESPN rolls out during college basketball season is their Player of the Year straw poll, which is conducted by Michigan beat-writer Mike Rothstein.

Essentially, what he does is reach out to the hordes of media members he knows and gets them to submit their top three, in order.

The outcome?

Mason Plumlee, followed by Trey Burke and then Doug McDermott. Plumlee got 30 of the 53 first place votes, while Burke got 13 and McDermott 16. Cody Zeller (2), Russ Smith (1) and Jeff Withey (1) got the rest.

(My ballot: 1. Trey Burke, 2. Mason Plumlee, 3. Doug McDermott.)

Perhaps the most interesting nugget here? Kansas freshman Ben McLemore got just a single second place vote. That’s it. That not only put him behind his teammate Jeff Withey, it tied him with Santa Clara’s Kevin Foster (huh?) and North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo (seriously?) in regards to the number of ballots they showed up on.

Now, keep in mind that these votes were cast prior to the dominating, 33 point performance he had last night.

I wonder how much the poll would change if the vote were done today?

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. florida727 - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I’m wondering why these polls are even done at all. Conference play just got underway. Before crowning someone as the best of the YEAR, how about actually playing the entire year? Just a thought.

    • Troy Machir - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      I think it’s done for entertainment purposes. It’s an indication of “If the season were to end today”. In the grand scheme of things, a straw poll published in January means very little. But it is fun to look at.

      For the record I went with Plumlee and McDermott. Guess who my 3rd pick was (No it wasn’t Kevin Foster).

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