It’s been a great first season for the Basketball MVP Draft. After weeks of drafting, over a dozen guest drafters, and multiple lead changes, we’ve come to the end.
Sorry it took so long to announce the winner... but there’s a reason for it.
Jawun Evans | UM: Derrick Walton Jr. | Wild Card: Jeffrey Carroll (OSU)
Jawun Evans | UM: Zak Irvin | Wild Card: Phil Forte (OSU)
OSU: Jeffrey Carroll | UM: Derrick Walton Jr. | Wild Card:
Jawun Evans (OSU)
Opponent: David Noe
Phil Forte III | UM: Derrick Walton Jr. | Wild Card: Zak Irvin (Michigan)
Oklahoma State: Ok, this one comes down to Evans and Carroll. Evans put up another great stat line of 23/12/7. It’s hard to go against a guy who had a double-double and was three rebounds away from a triple double. Carroll had a solid outing with 19 points and five rebounds. Here’s why this is close; as great as Evans was, he also made some big mistakes. He accounted for four turnovers, was only 10-26 from the field, and missed the front end of a one-and-one at the end of the game. He was 1-of-3 from deep, with the only make being the one that didn’t matter at the end (unless you had money on the game). Carroll on the other hand, was 6-8 shooting, 3-4 from three, and made all four free throws. I’m giving the point to Carroll.
Michigan: Walton lived up to the hype in this one. 26 points on 7-13 shooting including 6-9 from three, and 11 assists. He had three turnovers, but nabbed two steals and a block to balance them out.
Wild Card: Evans had a MUCH better game than Irvin, but I have to stick with my “winning team” policy on this one. Irvin scored 16 on 6-11 shooting, including 4-6 from three. Point Irvin and Michigan.
With that, let’s update the standings and pick a winner.
Sam - 20
Sumer/Phillip - 20
Opponent - 19
Tyler - 17
Well congratulations to.... WAIT! WE HAVE A TIE!
How did we not plan for this?
WHAT DO WE DO!?
This is the reason it took so long to post the results. After some internal debate, we agreed to go with who had the better NCAA tournament bracket. Since Phillip had 0 Final Four teams correct and Sam had North Carolina in the tournament game, we can officially crown Sam the MVP Basketball Draft winner!
Congrats to Sam and thanks to everyone that has participated this season!
...and don’t worry, The MVP Draft will return this September.