Russ Smith may not have won over the hearts of America during the regular season like Trey Burke, but statistically speaking he was the best player in college basketball. For all the slack that Louisville fans were given from opposing fan bases for loving Pomeroy’s rankings, the man sure did know what he was talking about. Not only did he rank Russ Smith, a player who lead his team to a title, as his player of the year but he also had Louisville as the #1 team in the country in his poll for a solid stretch of the season. One could even argue that his rankings were more plausible than the AP Poll, after all the AP Poll had Gonzaga #1 at the end of the regular season.
Here are the Top 10 players according to the kenpom system:
1. Russ Smith, Louisville, Jr. (kPOY rating=2.636)
2. Trey Burke, Michigan, So. (2.194)
3. Cody Zeller, Indiana, So. (1.991)
4. Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, Jr. (1.841)
5. Mason Plumlee, Duke, Sr. (1.817)
6. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, Jr. (1.809)
7. Doug McDermot...