Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
He's not the typical Roy Williams point guard. The 6-3 sophomore isn't blazing fast and isn't much of a scoring threat. But there's little debate that he's the driving force of the Heels' potentially legendary season. Marshall's herky-jerky moves into the lane and prescient passes can't be taught, but why argue about aesthetics when the end result is so beautiful?
Austin Rivers, Duke
Few freshmen will have more hype surrounding them this season, but the 6-3 guard will produce enough jaw-dropping moments that he might just live up to it. Other freshmen guards (Brad Beal, Myck Kabongo) have the talent to outshine Rivers, but a couple of things are working in his favor - he'll produce plenty of points and he'll do it for Duke. That'll get you ample applause.
Orlando Johnson, Santa Barbara
Johnson's an NBA talent who actually produces like one. The 6-5 senior wing has led the Gauchos on scoring the last two seasons and should put up another massive season, though his 3-point shooting could take a slight dip. And if he helps UCSB pull off another Big West upset and get back to the Big Dance, this will be the year Johnson is known by more than just NBA scouts.
Michael Glover, Iona
Scoff at the school if you like, but Glover's a high-major talent (he originally committed to Seton Hall) who's killing it at Iona. The 6-7 senior is a force down low (he hit 62 percent of his twos last year) and a beast on the boards. He doesn't falter against big-time teams, either. He grabbed 16 rebound, missed just two shots and finished with 25 points in a loss to Syracuse last season.
Drew Gordon, New Mexico
The 6-9 forward is seemingly a man among the Mountain West Conference boys. Once Gordon became eligible at midseason, he grabbed nearly every rebound in sight and blocked shot after shot. After a season in New Mexico's system, Gordon's offense only figures to improve as well. So yeah, a monster senior season is ahead.