The problem and why the Big East should be called on the carpet is not just because the award is well deserving of a 4 year player that has paid his dues, will graduate and does everything the right way, it also should be pointed out that only 2 players in BE bb history have led the league in both rebounding and scoring and both won the POY award. Kevin Jones was the 3rd and in the four years I have watched him play, I can't think of a guy that does all the little things so well.
If this award was just given to any player that achieves this statistical milestone, ok, but his game is much more than just scoring and rebounding. His basketball IQ is off the charts. He scoops up any ball near him, he makes deft, no look passes, he takes charges and plays with a schoolboy zeal and intensity. He is smooth and always looks in control. He makes every player around him better. Do you think without KJ, our freshmen would have stood up as well as they did under the long BE campaign and with a 9-9 BE record, in position to punch a NCAA ticket?
Make no mistake, he deserved this award. The fact that he was not a unanimous selection as BE 1st teamer was a telltale sign he would be overlooked as POY. Crowder is a beast, a senior and no doubt a deserving choice, but he his numbers look slim, next to Jones, especially in cleaning the glass. He also had big time help. Johnson-Odom was also BE 1st teamer, Vander Blue and Gardner contribute big points as well. Marquette is more than Jae Crowder. Reverse the 2 players and Crowder would not be as effective with Jones' compliment in Morgantown. POY should be about who puts their team in position to win every night, not which player's team wins more games.
Nothing will change because we complain and bitch about the injustice, conspiracy of the league coaches on this announcement. All that ever does is perpetuate the stereotypes, "Whiners and complainers, go get some toothpaste and a few couches". But Huggins knows the buttons to push for his team that shouldn't need further motivation today vs UConn. This is chalkboard material, the last spoonful of bad medicine from our long time friends in the Big East. Today and the balance of this tournament, show the league why an egregious mistake was made and never underestimate the will and heart of a player, such as Kevin Jones. Which coach didn't vote for him?
"What's all this lying around stuff? Jim "Wormer" Calhoun, he's a DEAD MAN, Jim "Marmalard" Boehiem, DEAD, Buzz "Niedermeyer" Williams.......!!!!"
Let's stick it to 'em in the Big Apple. We already proved we can steal their Oranges, lets take a few Apples this week. As Huggins Tweeted last night, ""KJ will always be my MVP. Mountaineer fans we need to rally."
"This may take a completely stupid gesture on our part"
"Let's do it!"