Right before Championship Week went into overdrive, I had to submit my ballot for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association postseason awards. This consists of All-District and All-America teams, and a national Player of the Year (Oscar Robertson Trophy), Freshman of the Year (Wayman Tisdale Award) and Coach of the Year (Henry Iba Award).
Every member votes for ten players on each of the two teams. Curiously, they did not have us vote for a district Player of the Year or Coach of the Year, although one was named for each. One thing that was a bit different in voting this year is that my vote for national Coach of the Year was a little easier in that I felt comfortable narrowing it down to just a couple of finalists. (If we voted for a District Coach of the Year, Harvard’s Tommy Amaker would get a slight nod over Northeastern’s Bill Coen and Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie.)
I have been a little remiss in sharing my vote, as ballots were due one week before Selection Sunday, but that has been the plan all along. As I am based in metropolitan Boston, my district is District 1, which consists of the six New England states. With that established, here is how I voted with some commentary, much like when I previously shared my votes for the CAA postseason awards. The All-District teams and award winners have been announced, and the national award winners will be announced as usual at the Final Four.
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