The FCIAC boys basketball season reaches the midway point this week, and work has started on an analysis of events to date, including a midseason All-FCIAC Team, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year.
In this season of parity, it is not surprising that feedback from six coaches thus far has yielded three different names for the best player.
In my view, you can make a reasonable argument for four or five different players, and the decision comes down to how you define most valuable. Is it the best player? Of is it the player who, if you removed him, would cause the most adverse effect on his team?
Using the latter as a basis, I think the choice is between Bridgeport Central’s Tyler Ancrum, Stamford’s Kenny Wright, Westhill’s Jeremiah Livingston and Alex Wolf or CJ Byrd of Greenwich (you could have a poll over which player is more valuable for the Cardinals. Based on a number of coaches I’ve spoken to, it would be about a 60-40 vote; I won’t say who would get the majority).
So as we approach the halfway point of the season, I am going to pose the question to you: Who has been the FCIAC’s most valuable boys basketball player? Since we don’t want to split the vote or pick one player over the other, we are going to make Wolf-Byrd one entry with the other three players. Or you can pick “Other” if you prefer someone else and, if you want, enter a comment with your choice.
We will keep the vote open until noon on Friday.