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Michigan State's Denzel Valentine Named AP Player of the Year

Beats Buddy Hield by three votes.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA Tournament ended much too soon for the Michigan State Spartans, but that doesn't take away from the awesome year Denzel Valentine had.

Valentine has been named The Associated Press Player of the Year, beating second-place Buddy Hield of the Oklahoma Sooners by three votes.

34 of 65 votes from the media (the same ones who pick the AP Top 25 each week) went to Valentine, with the rest going to Hield. Valentine is a 6-5 senior who averaged 19.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists per contest.

This is his sixth national player of the year award, joining those from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports and Basketball Times.