Kyle O'Quinn. D.J. Cooper. C.J. McCollum. Names that you probably didn't hear until the 2012 NCAA tournament last year. All three are stars at their respective colleges and are capable of playing with the big boys. They led unprecedented upsets and runs in the tournament, and two are capable of doing it again.
Cooper and McCollum, however, will not make this list. They are garnering much more attention now than previous years because of their splendid tournament performances. Other players, like Doug McDermott and Isaiah Canaan, won't make the list because they are already very well-known.
Here, we'll go with all mid-major athletes. There certainly are some "hidden gems" in the major conferences, but my goal is to give you some names you don't recognize. You'll find players that have the brass to take on other top players in the country.
Let's check out 10 "hidden gems" in college basketball for the 2012-13 season.