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ESPN Analyst Names His College Basketball Player Of The Year

Dick Vitale calling a game for ESPN.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06: Sportscaster Dick Vitale broadcasts before a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament between the Santa Clara Broncos and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Orleans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga won 77-68. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has named his national player of the year following the abrupt ending of the 2019-20 season.

The 2019-20 season came to a screeching halt last week when every conference tournament was canceled and the NCAA Tournament was shut down. The country has more serious matters to deal with at the moment, unfortunately.

Vitale has since unveiled his pick for college basketball's national player of the year. He says his decision came down to two players: Dayton's Obi Toppin and Iowa's Luka Garza.

Ultimately, the longtime ESPN analyst is going with Garza. Vitale said that Garza's weekly competition against the Big Ten made the difference.

Garza, a junior, averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a game for the Hawkeyes this past season. "I can’t believe it’s over, it’s still setting in. So thankful for my brothers this year was something to remember despite how it ended," he wrote on Instagram.

Both Garza and Toppin had incredible 2019-20 seasons that are worthy of celebration. It's heartbreaking that we can't see them playing in the NCAA Tournament.