Power Ranking the Top Non-Freshmen to Compete for the Naismith Award

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Power Ranking the Top Non-Freshmen to Compete for the Naismith Award
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Anthony Davis’ transcendent season put the college basketball spotlight squarely on the next crop of superstar recruits, but not all of next year’s game-changing talents will be found in the freshman class. The returning headliners in the college game will give the Nerlens Noels and Shabazz Muhammads a run for their money in the national Player of the Year race.

After two seasons of superlative performances from Jared Sullinger, Ohio State has a different All-America candidate in point guard Aaron Craft. Craft is as dangerous a perimeter defender as Anthony Davis was in the low post, and with Sullinger gone, he’ll get the chance to show what he can really do as an offensive weapon.

Herein, a closer look at Craft and the rest of the 10 most promising Naismith Award candidates to be found in the sophomore, junior and senior classes for 2012-13.

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