Sean Kilpatrick An SB Nation All American

Joe Murphy

I feel confident in saying that the bloggers who voted in this poll watched far more basketball than some of the people who vote for the major press organizations, so take that for what it is worth.

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If there were a Most Valuable Player award in college basketball, it's hard to imagine someone other than Kilpatrick winning it. No team is more reliant on one player more than Cincinnati is on its senior star. Kilpatrick led the American Athletic Conference in scoring at 20.7 points per game, in addition to averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals. Those numbers come despite playing for a Bearcat team that wins with defense, and which ranks just 226nd in the nation in points per game (69.1).

Truth. The long arc of Sean Kilpatrick's career at Cincinnati is not one that is trod by many at a power conference school. Red shirting is the near exclusive province of low majors these days. But SK took his, sat for a year, treated every game like a practice and emerged as a red shirt freshman as the most consistent scorer the Bearcats had. That hasn't changed in the years since, if anything it is amplified. He is going to be an All American, and will go down as one of the greatest and most beloved Bearcats of all time. Every time a publication comes out with a list and I see SK's name on it near the top I have an overwhelming sense of pride for him. Because he did it the right way from the beginning and he has become as good as anyone in the country. Every reminder and every bit of recognition is to be cherished.

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