Before the season starts next week for the Thanksgiving holiday tournaments, I want to give my conference player of the year predictions for 3-6A. The POY candidates are tricky. If a team has a deep and balanced roster, one player from the team may not be a POY candidate, so the objective is to find a top player on a top team who does a lot of damage on the season.
Here are my player of the year candidates for 6A:
The 1 and 1A co-favorites to be the POY for the 6A conference. His physicality, size, bounce, feel and skill are almost unmatched in the AIA. The Team USA standout will grab his own board and go coast to coast often. He is good passer for position and will score it from all levels.
The 1 and 1A co-favorites to be the POY for the 6A conference. His size. length, IQ and athleticism are hard to duplicate. He plays a lot of the point forward role and sees the court well. He handles pressure well, shoots the three and will throw it down above the crowd. He recently committed to Colorado.
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Another point forward type is a phenomenal passer, a deep shooter, a plus rebounder and a vertical athlete. He will play some three-five on defense showing his versatility. The Northern Arizona commit will have a huge years for the Broncos.
One of the top defenders in the entire AIA. He slows down any guard from their normal scoring average. He handles the point guard spot and will play the one-three during stretches of games. He attacks off the dribble, shoots the three and makes plays for his teammates.
The quintessential pure point guard is always trying to make his team better. He is always looking up to facilitate and the lefty can also score. He has a nice pull-up plus will hit the three. He can burst into the lane and score.
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The strongest and one of the toughest point guards in the AIA. He is their true leader and plays aggressively on defense with his strong upper body. He will have the ball at the end of the shot clock and will make the correct read. He has a tough mid-range pull-up and will score through contact with his size and tight handle.
A two-sport standout will throw dimes all over the court like he is at QB. What separates him from many is his deep range on his shot. He has volleyball line three point range. He is also tough with his football background to defend on the ball. He is currently in the 6A football playoffs, so he will definitely be a little rusty at first, but down the stretch of the season, he should shine.