Player Rankings: Mid-Major Stars
Note: Excludes “BCS” teams, Memphis and Gonzaga; limit one player per team.
Conferences Ranked No. 7-14 (Atlantic-10, Conference-USA, Missouri Valley, Colonial, Mountain West, WAC, West Coast, Horizon)
Dionte Christmas, Temple: Outstanding scorer can really shoot the ball and also get to the basket.
Ahmad Nivins, Saint Joseph’s: Without Pat Calathes and Robert Ferguson anymore, it’s time for Nivins to truly dominate.
Derrick Brown, Xavier: One of the best athletes in college basketball, Brown is an outstanding rebounder.
Ricky Harris, Massachusetts: Overshadowed slightly by Gary Forbes last year, Harris can really fill it up.
Robert Vaden, UAB: One of the best players in the country, regardless of conference. He is an unbelievable shooter and scorer.
Stefon Jackson, UTEP: Puts up some of the best numbers in the country, and carries the Miners nearly every game.
Jermaine Taylor, UCF: Simply put, he is one of the best scorers in the country – needs to be a bit more consistent, though.
Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State: Might be the best player in the Missouri Valley; is certainly the most exciting to watch.
Josh Young, Drake: Great three-point shooter and offensive player, Young can put the Bulldogs on his back and carry them.
Eric Maynor, VCU: The image of his pull-up jumper to beat Duke in the 2007 NCAA Tournament is still a lasting memory.
Wink Adams, UNLV: Although it seems like he has been in Las Vegas forever, Adams remains one of the best players out west.
Lee Cummard, BYU: An unbelievably accurate outside shooter, Cummard made the right decision by returning to school.
Luke Nevill, UNLV: One of the best big men in college basketball, Nevill has the height and skill set to dominate the Mountain West.
Brandon Ewing, Wyoming: He has led the conference in scoring twice in his career, and could put up even bigger numbers this year.
Armon Johnson, Nevada: Very good all-around player, Johnson is aiming to lead the Wolf Pack to the NCAA Tournament.
Patty Mills, Saint Mary’s: The Australian import was outstanding last season, and looked even better in the Olympics this summer.
Brandon Johnson, San Diego: The explosive guard helped lead the Toreros to their epic upset win over Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament.
John Bryant, Santa Clara: One of the most dominant players in the WCC, he is a 20-10 threat every night out.
Matt Howard, Butler: He will be without nearly everyone who has been part of Butler’s success the last couple of years.
Conferences Ranked No. 15-No. 31
Stephen Curry, Davidson: If you don’t know who Curry is by now, you probably haven’t watched hoops in over a year.
Kenny Hasbrouck, Siena: Along with Edwin Ubiles and Alex Franklin, Hasbrouck aiming to help Siena become this year’s Davidson.
Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin: One of the nation’s top scorers, Hudson is a terrific shooter who will become more of a household name.
Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton: The former Washington State transfer has a tremendously quick release and can really shoot.
Donovan Morris, Long Beach State: Scored at least 30 points five times last year; will battle Akognon for POY honors.
Al Fisher, Kent State: Carried the Golden Flashes to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to do it again this year.
Robert Jarvis, Oral Roberts: Very difficult player to stop offensively, Jarvis is the top-scoring sixth man in the country -- he should start.
Ryan Thompson, Rider: Jason’s younger brother, he is one of the best all-around players you’ve never heard of yet.
Marquis Blakely, Vermont: An absolutely dominant player in the America East, Blakely puts up 20, 10 and three blocks every night.
Garrison Carr, American: One of the best three-point shooters in the country, he can get hot from behind the arc in a hurry.
Jonathan Rodriguez, Campbell: Has been notching impressive lines since he came into school; he gets to the basket at ease.
Carlos Monroe, Florida Atlantic: Averages nearly a double-double every night out; favorite for Sun Belt POY honors.
David Holston, Chicago State: The 5-8 jitterbug is an outstanding shooter who can really fill it up; also distributes the ball effectively.