The 2012-13 college basketball season begins in just over a month, and preseason rankings have begun to emerge. Sporting News released their rankings yesterday, and buzz around the nation’s top teams is sure to continue right up until the games begin.
There is always much speculation prior to the season.
Without fail, each year produces teams that fall far short of expectations.
Often, it is the health or play—or lack thereof—of key individuals that can make or break a team’s season.
Here is a look at 10 such players on some of the nation’s top teams that need to make sure they are ready to go when the season begins, and stay that way all season long, to help their squad stay among college basketball’s elite.