Does this game cement POY for Burke? No question in my mind. Great players make plays at great moments. E.g. Woodson against Ohio in '97.
Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
"Voters may vote via an online system that allows them to evaluate players up until the day after the Final Four is determined. Voters choosing to vote by mail must have their ballots postmarked prior to the “Sweet Sixteen ” round of the tournament. The official accounting firm of the John R.Wooden Award, Deloitte & Touche LLP, tabulates all votes and delivers a sealed envelope to Coach Wooden for a televised announcement live from The Los Angeles Athletic Club. "
- Direct quote from the Wooden site, for those that were unaware of voting deadlines.
It does depend on the award. Voting isn't yet final for the Naismith and Adolph Rupp awards either, but the deadline for voting for the Oscar Robertson POY award was March 10.
Can I bet on this somewhere? I was would SHOCKED if he didn't win it.
Has any of the candidates had a signature game like this? I think not. Burke was already the odds on favorite...this just insures it.
How much was that insurance?
What happened to that Oladipo guy I was hearing so much about?
Forget Olidipo - the guy you should keep your eye on is ZELLER! In big games he's virtually unstoppable.
Last night was his "Heisman Moment"
It's going to be awesome to see Trey's shot over and over and over and over in years to come.
Webber's TO was really the only moment we had that they constantly showed. That and the Butler MISS vs. Duke seemed to be the only negative plays in the annual "highlights."
Burke just changed that.
Tom Crean...coach of the year.
You misspelled choke.
What Burke has done is probably played himself up into the top 5 of the draft. For the record, that would be $6 million in guaranteed money and two more years at a total of around $7 million, for $13 million in his first contract.
Last year, he was estimated around 15. That would have gotten him around $3 million guaranteed and another $3,5 million for the last two years, for a total of $6.5 if he stuck around. If he had fallen to the bottom of the first round, which was possible, it would have made him $1.75 million guaranteed and another $2.7 million for a total of $4.45 million if he lasted four years.
As we have seen, the higher a player is drafted, the more a team feels it has invested, and the more likely a player is to get extensive playing time and stay all four years. When it's all said and done here, Burke stands to gain $4.25 million the first two years and $8.75 million over four years by staying another year.
Disclaimer: I rounded these numbers off becuase I am too lazy to add them up this morning. Here is a link to the rookie scale from 2005-2019:
I though that last year he was barely projected to go in the first round? Did they ever let his official NBA evaluation trickle out?
Even after his strong start this year, he was only a top-20 pick until probably mid-season, when everyone finally came to their senses and realized he should go in the lottery.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think he was only projected to be a second-rounder last year.
If there was any doubt who the best player in the country is, it was put to bed last night. Trey will win it easily. No doubt in my mind. He is still playing, none of the other remaining candidates are.
Burke has a lockdown on it now. Don't really know how Oladipo did against 'Cuse (thought he looked pretty good from what I recall) but Burke just had a signiture game takeover on the biggest stage of the season. The award is Burkes if there is any justice in this world
No question. That was one of the biggest moments in the tournament by an individual player. Especially by one with as much of a microscope on him as Burke.
Burke is the only POY finalist that's still playing.
If he wasn't already the leading candidate going into last night, he certainly just sealed the deal with that performance.