Last season, neither Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson nor Draymond Green were selected as preseason first team All-Americans. Those three players were the top three vote-getters for the 2011-12 National Player of the Year award.
Preseason hype doesn't necessarily result in postseason accolade. While early favorites Cody Zeller, Doug McDermott and Deshaun Thomas seem like ideal choices now, anything can happen during a long season.
Classifying which players should be considered "dark horses" to win this season's award can be fairly ambiguous, so I decided to use Sporting News' preseason All-American teams to determine which players would be ineligible for this list.
A player is not considered a "dark horse" if he appears on any of the three All-American rosters, therefore disqualifying 15 players from being selected for this list.
Here are my 10 dark-horse candidates for the 2012-13 National Player of the Year in college basketball.