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Scott Machado, Iona
Machado made a splash on the college basketball scene as the nation's leader in assists with 9.9 per game. He posted double-doubles in each of his first six games, averaging 18.6 points per game and 12.2 assists per game during that stretch.
He cooled off just a little bit over the final three months of the season, but he still ended up posting a career-high 16 assists against Manhattan in January, and put together a triple-double against Marist, recording 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Wolters was the only player in Division I this year to average 20 points per game, five rebounds per game, and five assists per game. He scored in double figures in every game this year, including nine games with 25 or more points.
Wolters led the Jackrabbits to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. Although his squad fell just short of a monster upset of Baylor, Wolters had a solid game with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Reggie Hamilton, Oakland
Hamilton managed to be a well-kept secret last year, despite averaging 17.6 points per game, because Keith Benson was receiving all the media attention. But this year, Hamilton was in the spotlight, leading the nation in scoring with 26.2 points per game.
He had a number of unreal performances. Most notable were his 41-point performance against Valparaiso, his 40-point outing against Western Illinois, and his 39-point game in the first round of the CIT against Bowling Green.
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Lillard led the nation in scoring for a large part of the season until Hamilton overtook him, but the junior is still being projected to be a lottery pick.
Lillard was one of the better guards in the country, averaging four assists per game in addition to his 24.5 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.
He was an explosive scorer throughout the year, reaching the 40-point plateau twice. Against San Jose State, he scored 41 points on 13-21 shooting, and in February, he notched 40 points on 13-18 shooting, including 6-8 from three-point range.
Doug McDermott, Creighton
McDermott was only a sophomore, yet he was the best all-around player at the mid-major level. He scored in double digits in every game this year. In the NCAA tournament, he averaged 18 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game, leading his team to the round of 32.
McDermott will return to school for his junior year, and he will be a candidate for National Player of the Year in 2012-13.
Mid-Major Player of the Year—Doug McDermott