Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
No system is better suited to Taylor's talents. The 6-1 senior doesn't have overwhelming athleticism, but thrives thanks to his savvy, shooting and inability to turn the ball over. Seriously, a bad night for Taylor is three turnovers. He's not Jimmer Fredette, but that's not the point. He's perfect for what Wisconsin needs.
Tu Holloway, Xavier
The 6-foot senior had to carry the Musketeers last season. With a healthier, deeper roster around him, expect a slight dip in overall production, but an uptick in efficiency. But mostly? Expect the same overall fabulous play and a team that follows suit. Xavier's a darkhorse Final Four contender and Holloway's the major reason.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt's potentially historic season - the Commodores are a true Final Four contender - rests heavily on the 6-4 junior. Few players score more efficiently or attract more defensive attention. But Jenkins spent the summer playing with Team USA and working on scoring off the dribble. The result will be something to behold.
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Forget the Barnes who struggled for the first few months of the 2010-11 season. The Barnes who hit game-winning shots and dropped 40 on Clemson is the player to watch in 2011-12. The 6-8 wing will spend this season taking over games when needed, showing off his occasionally impressive defense and ensuring the Heels make a deep run in March. It might be enough to be national player of the year.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
The nation's most complete low-post player spent the summer shedding fat, adding muscle and improving his cardiovascular health. The 6-9 forward will be more mobile, his mid-range game has improved and he's more motivated than before to dominate. Yes, the guy who was an All-American as a freshman will be even better as a sophomore. That's a scary thought.