When discussing the Big Ten Player of the Year award, most people would likely not bring up a player’s name from the Northwestern Wildcats, but is there a chance that Drew Crawford wins the award in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
For this to happen, Crawford is going to have to have a big season. He will also have to likely lead his team to the NCAA tournament, however, that is not a requirement to take home the hardware.
Crawford is a great player, there is no denying that, but playing for the Wildcats definitely hurts his chances at winning this award. With that said, he did score 13.5 points per game last season before going down to an injury and the season before he averaged 16.1 points per game.
He will be going up against some big names in the conference that could possibly challenge for the National Player of the Year. I mean, Michigan‘s Trey Burke did win the Naismith this past season.
This is a conference that is stacked from a team standpoint. With that comes very good players.
It is not completely out of the question for Crawford to win this award, but I am sure he is much more interested in Northwestern making the Big Dance, since it has never done that in its history. That may be very hard to believe coming from a Big Ten team, but it is sadly true.
Winning the POY award in the conference or not, Crawford has the talent to have another great season.
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