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Ranking the Top Candidates for the Naismith Award

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Ranking the Top Candidates for the Naismith Award
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The utter dominance of former Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis left little room for anyone to debate college basketball's player of the year in 2011-12.

Expect this season's chase for the Naismith Award to be a much more heated race.

Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel headline a crop of talented freshmen primed to shake up the college basketball landscape this season. Before any newbie can take home the hardware, however, he must outshine some of the game's more seasoned stars.

Upperclassmen such as Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Florida's Kenny Boynton head into their 2012-13 campaigns with clear intentions of leading their respective squads deep into the NCAA tournament come March.

With another action-packed season of college basketball set to kick off, let's direct our focus toward the 10 candidates most likely to win the Naismith Award in 2012-13.

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