For all the preseason hype surrounding new stars like Nerlens Noel and returning ones like Cody Zeller, there are other players who aren’t getting their due. Whichever team cuts down the nets next March, it’s a sure bet that they’ll get critical contributions from players who aren’t grabbing the spotlight this summer.
One of next year’s most talked-about teams will be defending champion Kentucky, which has reloaded with a No. 1-ranked recruiting class. However, the buzz around the incoming freshmen in Lexington shouldn’t obscure the potential of rising sophomore Kyle Wiltjer, who’s set to show why he was one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation at this time last year.
Read on for more on Wiltjer and his fellow overlooked standouts on each of ESPN’s preseason Top 25 squads.