The Washington Times - January 29, 2009, 11:03AM

Wanted to pass along something more of national interest than local, but it is intriguing nonetheless.

Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette has pieced together a straw poll of 50 voters for the various All-America teams to determine a somewhat accurate reflection of who the national player of the year would be right now.


(Full disclosure: I am one of the 50 voters, though I have no idea who comprises the rest of the panel).

Anyway, Rothstein’s findings this week have Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin well in front of Davidson’s Stephen Curry and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody. Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) and Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) finish out the top five, No one else earned a first-place vote, though Arizona State’s James Harden did pick up three second-place nods.

Obviously, it’s far too early to come up with a real answer to the question. But chances are, most (if not all) of the All-America team will come from a pool including those six guys and Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks.

—- Patrick Stevens