It's difficult to put up eye-popping individual numbers in the Hoyas' balanced, Princeton-style attack, but Green is capable of leading Georgetown to the top of the Big East and becoming a nationally known star. He averaged just 11.9 points last season, but now that Brandon Bowman and Ashanti Cook (a combined 21.2 points per game) are gone, Green will be counted on for more offense.
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Brandon Rush, G/F
Rush is the No. 1 offensive option on an ultra-balanced Jayhawks team that is a national-title contender. He led KU with 13.5 points per game last season, and although his stats may not be Wooden-like, he's one of the most polished wing players in the country.
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Dominic James, PG
James was perhaps the biggest freshman surprise of 2005-06; he established himself as a future NBA point by piloting the Eagles with 15.3 points per game and 5.4 assists. His heady play -- and his ability to set up departed shooter Steve Novak -- was the biggest reason Marquette finished a stunning fourth in the Big East.
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Jared Dudley, F
Dudley, who averaged 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, will assume the starring role for the Eagles now that Craig Smith is gone. Overshadowing UNC's Tyler Hansbrough in the ACC, however, will be a difficult -- and perhaps impossible -- task.
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Alando Tucker, F
Tucker, a fifth-year senior who averaged 19.0 points last season -- part of it while wearing a protective face mask that negatively affected his shooting percentage -- is back to lead the Badgers on a run toward the Big Ten title. While Ohio State's Greg Oden may have more hype, Tucker is a heavy favorite to win the league's player of the year award.
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Nick Fazekas, F/C
Fazekas passed on the NBA draft -- where he wasn't likely to be a first-rounder -- to return to Reno, where he's won the last two WAC Player of the Year awards. He's the only player on this list to average a double double last season (21.8 points, 10.4 rebounds).
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Ronald Steele, PG
Steele is an ironman at the point: He played 40 minutes or more in 17 of the Crimson Tide's 31 games last season. He can score if necessary (he had 20 points or more in six SEC games) but is a passer at heart; his career assist-to-turnover ratio at 'Bama is 1.9-to-1.
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Joakim Noah, F/C
Noah averaged only 14.2 points a game last season but earned major cred by both dominating in the NCAA tournament and passing on the NBA draft, where he would have been a top-five pick. As long as he stays out of coach Billy Donovan's doghouse -- he was benched for the Gators' first exhibition game Thursday due to academic reasons -- Noah will be in the thick of the Wooden race.
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Glen Davis, F/C
In the end, Florida was the SEC's biggest story last season, but don't forget what Big Baby did during the regular season: He led the league in both scoring (18.9 points per game) and rebounding (9.7). He also cut the fat in the offseason, slimming down to 287 pounds by late August. With a lighter load to carry, Davis should only see his numbers grow.
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Tyler Hansbrough, F/C
Psycho T flourished as a freshman in Roy Williams' fast-paced attack, averaging 18.9 points a game and 7.8 rebounds. Now that he has a stronger supporting cast -- including five-star freshman power forward Brandan Wright as a sidekick in the post -- Hansbrough should dominate the ACC. A 20-and-10 season average is well within the realm of possibility.
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