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College Basketball 2012-13: 5 Under-the-Radar Stars

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJune 10, 2012

College Basketball 2012-13: 5 Under-the-Radar Stars

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    Not every college basketball player who has star potential is regularly featured by the national media.

    Some of the exciting up-and-comers for the 2012-13 season are not yet household names.

    Here is a lightning-fast look at five under-the-radar stars who figure to make a major impact in the near future.

Chasson Randle, Stanford

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    Chasson Randle had an outstanding freshman season for Johnny Dawkins, but not too many people outside of the Pac-12 knew much about it.

    The 6'1" guard was the Cardinal's leading scorer (13.8 ppg) and 3-point shooter (43.8 percent).

    He helped lead Stanford to a 26-11 record and an NIT championship.

    Look for Randle to use his exceptional first year as a launching pad for a bright future.

Tim Frazier, Penn State

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    With all of the disturbing news that has come from Penn State over the last several months, it's a nice change of pace to talk about Tim Frazier's lightly regarded hoops career.

    Frazier's obscurity stems partly from the school that he choose to attend. Even without the ongoing Jerry Sandusky controversy, Penn State is and will always be a football school.

    Plus, over the last three seasons, PSU has posted a 16-38 record in Big Ten play.

    After serving as Talor Battle's understudy for his first two seasons, Frazier, a 6'1" rising senior, led the Big Ten last year in assists (6.2 apg) and was the conference's No. 2 scorer (18.8 ppg).

    He also led the Nittany Lions in rebounding (4.7 rpg).

    If Frazier can help Penn State put some of the pieces together in 2012-13, he should get the exposure that he deserves.

Travis McKie, Wake Forest

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    It's no surprise that Travis McKie is not a nationally known player.

    The Wake Forest basketball program has gone through a rough patch the past two years, winning only  five of its 32 ACC games.

    But the rising junior has definitely been one of the few bright spots for the Demon Deacons.

    In the 2011-12 season, the 6'7" forward was the No. 6 scorer (16.1 ppg) and No. 12 rebounder (7.0 rpg) in the conference.

    He and C.J. Harris have carried the team. Period.

    With a highly rated recruiting class arriving, Wake will have a chance to get back on track, which should allow people will see how good McKie really is.

Tony Mitchell, North Texas

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    You may not know much about North Texas' Tony Mitchell, but he is ready to have a breakout sophomore season for the Mean Green.

    Coming out of Pinkston High School in Dallas, Mitchell was a nationally rated player who originally committed to play at Missouri.

    After being ruled academically ineligible, Mitchell decided to return home and pick up his career at North Texas.

    Last year as a freshman, Mitchell (6'8", 235 pounds) led the team in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounding (10.3 rpg), blocks (3.0 bpg) and FG percentage (56.7 percent).

    Mitchell even showed that he can connect from distance, knocking down 18-of-41 shots from beyond the arc (43.9 percent).

    With a lotto's young talent returning and a good recruiting class arriving, new coach Tony Benford will have a good chance to unleash Mitchell to his fullest potential. 

B.J. Young, Arkansas

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    B.J. Young did not disappoint the Razorback Nation in his freshman season.

    Even though he submitted his name for early entry into the NBA draft, most college hoops fans are unfamiliar with his game.

    Young not only led Arkansas in scoring (15.3 ppg) but was the No. 6 scorer in the SEC, shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from beyond the arc.

    ESPN's Chad Ford is already projecting that he will be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

    Young has huge upside and will only continue to improve as he adds strength and size to his wiry frame (6'3", 175 pounds).

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