It's officially WOODEN WATCH time people!
I'm not referring to the new Rolex wrist-apparel that smells of rich mahogany sported by the likes of Kanye West, I'm talking about the College Basketball John Wooden Player of the Year Award.
With March Madness clearly in our sight, every game, every minute is critical as teams across the nation push and shove for a place at the big table.
But who's the big piece of chicken this year? Who's the gravy? Who's the cherry on top of the desert? (sorry I missed lunch today.)
Who's the front-runner for National Player of the Year?
What player this season will etch his name in stone next to the greats of yester-year college basketball excellence like Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, David Robinson and his "Airness" when he was still wearing Carolina Blue converse, Michael Jordan.
1. Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Strengths: Mr. Okafor is a full, distinguished lumberjack-beard among pencil-thin mustaches inside the paint this season for Coach K's Blue Devils. He's as polished a college big man offensively at age 19 as anyone since Tim Duncan was at Wake Forest. Okafor has an orchestra-arrangement of moves in the post, to go with a feathery touch, great footwork and an NBA-ready body. On paper, he fits the mold of a dominant big man; stats don't lie: 18 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game are nothing to scoff at.
He passes well out of the post, sees the double team quickly (he gets doubled more