Column: Potential candidates for player of the year in the AAC

The Men’s Basketball Team at the University of Memphis is loaded with talent from top to bottom. Josh Pastner will have so many weapons to throw at his opponents that everyone will have to duck and hide out somewhere. Just kidding with you people, it is just college basketball that I am talking about. Just relax and listen to what I have to say. At the end of the regular season, there will be individual awards given out to the players who performed at the highest level. The Tigers could possibly take home some of those awards.

Here are some potential candidates for AAC Player of the Year:

1. Joe Jackson- He’s currently the reigning Conference USA Player of the Year. He was the leading scorer for the Tigers last season averaging 13.6 points along with 3.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game. He also shot a career high 50 percent from the field. Let’s not forget to mention that he shot well from beyond the arc. At 44.7 percent, that was a great accomplishment for Jackson. Now, he will have to carry this over into next season. Can he do it? I definitely think so. Jackson will be one of the guards to watch out for in the AAC. If he continues to play well then Memphis will be hard to deal with.

2. Michael Dixon- Dixon was a beast at Missouri before his troubles began. At the beginning of last season, he was a preseason All-American second team selection in the Big 12 Conference. At the end of the 2011-2012 season, he won the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award. In that same season, he averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists a game. Now, you can’t tell me he will not be in the running for player of the year in the AAC. To me, he can run the point guard position better than Jackson. He will be the ‘Chris Paul’ type of point guard for the Tigers. With his leadership, Memphis will be nothing nice.

3. Kuran Iverson- Iverson is the most athletic player to come out the class of 2013. He has smooth handles and can play multiple positions. He mentioned that he wants to play the point guard position, but he will have to wait on that demand since Joe Jackson is still in a Memphis uniform. After the seniors leave, he will get his chance to show the world how great of a guard he is.

Guys to also mention: Austin Nichols or Nick King (AAC Freshman of the Year), Geron Johnson or Chris Crawford (AAC Sixth Man of the Year), David Pellom or Dominic Woodson (AAC Defensive Player of the Year).

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