Kentucky’s national title win ensures that freshmen will be squarely in the spotlight next season, but the country’s talented upperclassmen shouldn't be overlooked. For all the future NBA stars who may be arriving on college campuses in 2012-13, there are some big-time players who have stayed long enough to be heading into their junior years.
Two of the best can be found on the Ohio State roster, as Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas soldier on even after the departure of All-American classmate Jared Sullinger. Between Thomas’ offense and Craft’s defense, the Buckeyes will have a real shot to return to the Final Four even without Sullinger’s help.
Read on for a closer look at Craft, Thomas and 18 more of the best rising juniors from across the country.