With the help of the fans, we've narrowed down our list of qualifiers for the 2013 D1 Circuit Most Valuable Player award to six finalists.
Now, fan voting begins for the six MVP finalists from the 2013 Elite Youth Basketball League. The vote will continue until 4 p.m. (EDT) Friday, June 28.
The final award will be given out based on the overall fan vote and the votes from our panel of writers, including those from D1 Circuit and other publications.
Take a closer look at the final six candidates below:
SF | Trevon Bluiett | Spiece Indy Heat
18.5 PPG, 49.8 FG%, 42.9 3PT%, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG
After the first session in Los Angeles, Spiece Indy Heat left people scratching their heads. With such a great team, how could they not be winning more? Even through their bumpy start, there was one player who stayed true and consistent to his game: Trevon Bluiett. Indy Heat’s starting small forward is a do-it-all winger. Averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, Bluiett’s game resembles that of young Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Thanks to Bluiett’s all-around, consistent production, Indy Heat finds itself as a heavy Peach Jam favorite.
PF | Bonzie Colson | BABC
18.1 PPG, 56.4 FG%, 79.2 FT%, 6.6 RPG, 2.3 BPG
A typical power forward stands around 6-foot-8 or taller with long arms and peak physical strength. So listed at just 6-foot-6, Bonzie Colson doesn’t live up to your average measurements for a sound forward but that didn’t stop Colson from having a great season. Leading BABC in points (18.1) and rebounds per game (6.6), Colson bolstered the frontcourt all season long for this Peach Jam contender on both ends of the court. Colson also averaged 2.3 blocks per game, making him a fine candidate for the EYBL’s Most Valuable Player.
PF | Angel Delgado | New York Lightning
13.2 PPG, 59.5 FG%, 11.6 RPG, 4.7 ORPG, 1.6 BPG
Perhaps the most underrated player in the entire EYBL, Angel Delgado used this past regular season to rocket up the recruitment ranks. Entering the season as an unranked player on both Rivals and ESPN, Delgado made long strides to become noticed. His rebounding is what really got him on track. The EYBL’s top rebounder all season long finished with 11.6 boards per game to go along with his 13.2 points per game, helping New York Lightning to an 11-7 record in 2013.
SF | Justin Jackson | Houston Hoops
17.3 PPG, 59.9 FG%, 48 3PT%, 311 total pts, 2.7 APG
In addition to winning the fan vote for D1 Circuit’s Offensive Player of the Year, Justin Jackson deserves MVP candidacy because of how good his season was. Leading Houston Hoops’ great trio, Jackson was one of the most efficient players on the circuit. He scored 17.3 points per game on 59.9 percent shooting from the field. Jackson is the most experienced player on Houston Hoops and carries a veteran demeanor, which helped them go 16-2 this season.
PG | Tyus Jones | Howard Pulley Panthers
22.8 PPG, 57.0 FG%, 88.0 FT%, 45.6 3PT%, 6.9 APG, 411 PTS
What’s left to say that already hasn’t been touched on before? Tyus Jones’ season is one of the best statistical seasons no matter which level of basketball you compare it to. For a pass-first point guard, who averaged 6.9 assists per game to lead the EYBL to also drop 22.8 points per game and garner 411 total points on the season is simply astonishing. The Howard Pulley vet helped them go 5-0 in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn., giving them plenty of momentum going into the Peach Jam. And once they get there, he’s not going to shy away from shouldering the load yet again.
PF | Abdul Malik-Abu | Expressions Elite
14.6 PPG, 53.1 FG%, 7.2 RPG, 3 ORPG, 2.1 BPG
Expressions Elite made quite the impression in their first season on the EYBL circuit. A lot of that has to do with the production from big man Abdul Malik-Abu. The 6-foot-8 power forward played a large part in their impressive 13-5 season. Malik-Abu led Expressions Elite in both scoring (14.6) and rebounds (7.2) per game. Malik-Abu plays the game with a fierce demeanor, always looking for that one big slam or fighting for the game-changing rebound. He’s definitely the player you want working for you down in the paint.
Here’s how the first round of voting broke down:
Cliff Alexander - 55 votes
Joel Berry - 89 votes
Trevon Bluiett - 326 votes
Bonzie Colson - 1087 votes
Angel Delgado - 967 votes
Justin Jackson - 256 votes
Stanley Johnson - 78 votes
Tyus Jones - 439 votes
Abdul Malik-Abu - 312 votes
Malik Newman - 24 votes
Theo Pinson - 80 votes
Dion Wiley - 117 votes
Voting for finalists ended at 4 p.m. (EDT) Friday, June 28.