Seniors have dominated the national player of the year awards of late, sweeping the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy the past four seasons. Kansas point guard Frank Mason III was last season’s big winner, following in the lines of Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (2016), UW’s Frank Kaminsky (2015) and Creighton’s Doug McDermott (2014).
Here are 10 seniors who could keep that streak alive this season:
Duke’s Grayson Allen (above): The 6-5 guard averaged 14.5 points last season, down from 21.6 as a sophomore.
Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson: A 6-6 forward, Colson averaged 17.8 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 43.3 percent from 3-point range.
North Carolina’s Joel Berry II: Berry, a 6-0 guard, surprised many by returning to Chapel Hill after averaging 14.7 points and helping the Tar Heels win a national title.
Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham: A 6-2 guard, Graham averaged 13.4 points and 4.1 assists while connecting 94 times from 3-point range last season.
Saint Mary’s Jock Landale: The 6-11 forward from Australia averaged 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Gaels as a junior.
Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett: The 6-6 swingman averaged 18.5 points and 5.7 rebounds as a junior for the Musketeers.
West Virginia’s Jevon Carter: A 6-2 guard, Carter averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists to help the Mountaineers win 28 games last season.
Georgia’s Yante Maten: The 6-8 forward averaged 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a junior.
Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado: The 6-foot-10 forward from the Dominican Republic averaged 15.2 points and led the nation with 13.1 rebounds per game as a junior.
Cincinnati forward Gary Clark: The 6-8 forward fills up the stat sheet. As a junior, he averaged 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals per game.