It's been a strong NCAA Basketball season for some individual players, with a number making an All-American case. The big question is which of them are most likely to be in the running for National Player of the Year?
Zach Edey won the award last season and is back, making a good case to repeat. However, some stars, both expected and unexpected, are making moves of their own. Here's a power ranking of the 25 best players in NCAA Basketball, ranking them in terms of odds of winning the top individual award.
*Had he not been suspended, Terrence Shannon Jr. would've been ranked in the top-3. But due to the current circumstances, I opted not to include him in this list.
25. Joel Soriano - St. John's Red Storm
2023-24 season stats: 17.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg
When new coach Rick Pitino took over the program this offseason, there were a ton of roster changes. Throughout the season to this point, the Red Storm has had their fair share of ups and downs, though they are 11-4 (3-1 Big East) right now.
The star of the team is Soriano, who leads them again in both scoring and rebounds, averaging similar numbers to a year ago. The 6'11 center has been extremely consistent, scoring in double figures in all 15 games. He had 24 points and nine rebounds in a win over West Virginia, along with a recent 20 point and eight rebounds on the road at Villanova.
St. John's isn't on the national radar at the moment, which will hurt Soriano's odds. But if they keep winning and get in the Big East title race, look for the senior big man to get more notice.