It’s looking like a two-man race between Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ to win Big Ten Player of the Year.
And if the big men can close out the final month of the regular season on a high note, they have a chance to throw themselves into the National Player of the Year conversation.
Las Vegas sports book Bovada released updated odds on who will win the AP Player of the Year on Wednesday, and both Swanigan and Happ are in the mix with 16-1 odds. Kansas’ Frank Mason, Villanova’s Josh Hart and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball are the top three favorites.
Here’s the full list:
Frank Mason (Kansas): 5-2
Josh Hart (Villanova): 4-1
Lonzo Ball (UCLA): 6-1
Malik Monk (Kentucky): 7-1
Justin Jackson (North Carolina): 15-2
Luke Kennard (Duke): 12-1
Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame): 16-1
Ethan Happ (Wisconsin): 16-1
Caleb Swanigan (Purdue): 16-1
Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga): 16-1
Trevon Bluiett (Xavier): 18-1
Lauri Markkanen (Arizona): 20-1
Dennis Smith (NC State): 20-1
Jonathan Motley (Baylor): 22-1
Kelan Martin (Butler): 33-1
A lot would have to go right for either Happ or Swanigan, who are both sophomores, to get closer to the top of the list, but this shows they’ll also be in contention for All-American honors.
Happ is averaging 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and was called the best defender in the country by ESPN’s Jay Bilas earlier in the week.
Swanigan, meanwhile, has the country’s second-best rebounding mark at 12.8 boards per game. He scores 19.1 points per game and was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the fifth time this season on Monday.