HARTFORD, Conn. -- There were two players in the American Athletic Conference who were unanimous selections to the All-Conference team -- UConn's Ryan Boatright and SMU's Nic Moore.
Moore won the award beating out Boatright, who is the conferences leading scorer and largely its most valuable player.
It was understandable. Moore is the best player on the best team and is averaging a team-high 14.3 ppg. and 5.3 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
Boatright, a prideful player who certainly wanted to be player of the year, didn't take the bait after a 47-42 win over Tulsa in the semifinals. This isn't about him and Moore.
"Ain't got no comments on that," Boatright said. "I am looking forward to playing in the championship game to get into the conference tournament. If you know basketball, you know better. I just go out there and play my game every game. Player of the Year won't define what I do on the basketball floor."Boatright? When a team finishes sixth in the league, has the defensive player of the year in Amida Brimah and the Rookie of the Year in Daniel Hamilton, the Player of the Year probably should go somewhere else. It makes sense.
But anyone who has watched Boatright this year can make a case for one of the top players in the nation. Boatright is leading the league in scoring at 17.7 ppg. and is averaging 3.9 apg. and 4.2 rpg. He does it being the absolute focal point of the opponents' defense. He's also a huge part of the entire offense for UConn accounting for 27.52 percent of the team's points this year and 32.3 percent of assists.
Boatright scored 21 of UConn's 47 points on Saturday night in a drag out fight against Tulsa.
He struggled shooting and was 3 of 14 in a win over Temple for six points. UConn fans who walked in late getting ready for the late semifinal against Tulsa started chanting "overrated."
SMU and Moore have a record to prove otherwise. The Mustangs, a year after getting snubbed to the NCAAs, are ranked in the Top 20 and are 13th in the RPI. They are getting in the tournament and will be a tough test for UConn.