Ready or not, college basketball is upon us.
When games get underway on Friday, months of speculation and anticipation will finally be given some substance. The spotlight will shine brightest on the players and teams who have received high preseason rankings, and it will be up to them to live up to the hype.
Here is a look at five individual players from whom big things are expected in 2012-13—and for good reason, because they are among the most dominant players in the country. Keep an eye on these playmakers throughout the season—some will succeed and others may fail, but all are guaranteed to entertain as well as anyone in college basketball.