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Who was the MVP of this Razorback basketball season?
Dusty Hannahs would be a good choice. The senior from Pulaski Academy led the Hogs in scoring; three-pointers made and free throw percentage.
Some may go with Daryl Macon. His clutch free throw shooting was one of the big stories this season. Daryl led the team in assists and was second to Dusty in scoring, three-pointers made and free throw percentage.
Moses Kingsley would get some support. Moses was the only Hog to start every game. He was first on the team, by a wide margin, in both rebounds and blocked shots. Moses was also 4th on the team in scoring.
You could also make a case for Jaylen Barford. There were several games when this former junior college player of the year just took over.
Four good choices, but I'm going in another direction.
My pick for team MVP for the 2016-2017 season is Manny Watkins.
That's MVP as in " Most Valuable Person."
It took time, almost five years, for me to fully appreciate Manny.
To be honest with you, for most of his career, I viewed this former Fayetteville star as an offensive liability. A guard who was reluctant to take a jump shot.
Now, I sit here, wondering how the Hogs will replace this do it all senior guard.
Manny could be the poster boy for how much a player can improve in just one season in Coach Anderson's program. In his first 3 seasons, Manny did not hit one three point field goal. He was 0 for 8. This season, Manny hit 13 of 28 from three point range. Combine two point attempts and threes, and you will see that Manny was one of the Hogs best shooters this season.
If you asked people around the SEC, they would probably say that Manny was the biggest pest in the league. He made a habit out of frustrating some of the SEC's top offensive performers. North Carolina's Justin Jackson got so frustrated with Manny's defense, that he picked up a foul for pushing the Razorback captain after a play.
Manny was dependable. He defended, he rebounded , he took care of the ball , and when he had to, he scored.
In a time, when just about every Power five player thinks he has a pro future, Manny was a refreshing change.
Manny's mission was to be a key contributor on a National Championship team.
We at KATV will miss him for another reason. Manny was the best interview on the team. Always honest and clear with this message.
I will remember Manny as being a great Razorback, the MVP of the 2016-2017 season.