He became a national phenomenon -- known as "The Jimmer" -- while leading the nation in scoring at 27.9 points per game. He dropped 47 on Utah, 43 on San Diego State, 42 on Colorado State, hit an innumerable amount of long-long-distance threes, and is the only logical choice for this award.
No one thought the Irish, who were unranked in the preseason and picked to finish seventh in the Big East, would be sitting at No. 4 in the AP poll in March, on the verge of earning a top-two seed in the NCAA tournament. Brey worked wonders with a veteran roster after losing star Luke Harangody to graduation.
The big kid from Columbus had a 94-3 record in high school prior to his arrival at Ohio State, where he proceeded to help the Buckeyes finish 29-2, win a Big Ten regular season title, and earn a No. 1 ranking. Now, can he help them win a national championship before he thinks about going to the NBA?
Fredette was the country's most captivating player by a landslide, managing to score at will against defenses that were often focused exclusively on stopping him. He was held under 20 points four times in nonconference play, and not once in the entire Mountain West regular season.
Smith, the nation's savviest combo guard, led the ACC in scoring and was second in assists. He carried the Blue Devils to a second-place finish in the league after they lost point guard Kyrie Irving -- a potential first-team All-America pick -- to a toe injury in December.
He was Mr. Efficiency, shooting an absurd 61.4 percent on twos and 60.4 percent on threes (he only attempted 48, but still, it's a remarkable rate of accuracy). Williams was effective around the basket and impossible for imposing big men to contain off the dribble. The wide array of skills he showed as a sophomore has some discussing him as a potential No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
He and fellow senior E'Twaun Moore (an honorable mention below) didn't let the Boilers slide after losing star forward Robbie Hummel in the preseason. Johnson responded with a monster final campaign, playing 35.5 minutes per game and leading Purdue to a second-place finish in the Big Ten and a top 10 ranking.
Although Sullinger was overtaken in the Player of the Year race by Fredette at midseason, the Baby Buckeye was a dominant post presence throughout Big Ten play and clearly the country's best freshman. Ohio State's offense centered around his work in the paint, and many of the good looks shooters Jon Diebler and William Buford received were due to all the defensive attention on Sullinger.
E'Twaun Moore, Purdue; Jon Leuer, Wisconsin; Norris Cole, Cleveland State; Matt Howard, Butler; Brad Wanamaker, Pitt; Dwight Hardy, St. John's; Alec Burks, Colorado; John Jenkins, Vanderbilt; Frank Hassell, Old Dominion; Justin Harper, Richmond.