You could say that the Oregon Ducks are off to a hot start. They are 12-0 and are ranked as high as No. 9 in the polls. A big reason for their success early on has been the transfer players. However, the best player in that department has been Joseph Young. Does he have a legit shot at being the National Player of the Year?
Of course he does. Young is averaging 20.2 points per game, he is shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from behind the arc. Oregon has the No. 1 offense in college hoops and Young plays a big part in that. He is the leading scorer and all.
The only problem about Young’s chances of being the POY is that the Ducks have not been challenged all that much. Sure, they have wins against BYU, Georgetown, Illinois and Ole Miss, but none of those teams are ranked.
Oregon has to beat teams like Arizona, Colorado and UCLA, and Young has to be great in those games. He is going to have to be the best player on the court every time his team plays another Pac-12 opponent. Unfortunately, that is not going to be very easy since teams like Arizona has two players who could possibly win the POY award (Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon).
Still, Young has been a terrific scorer early on and I am sure he will continue that trend in the Pac-12. Will he be the National Player of the Year, though? Who knows.
If his team finishes the season at the top of the Pac-12 standings and if Young continues to average near 20 points per game, then there is a good chance of that happening.