The upheaval in college hoops’ Top 25 this week has produced plenty of ripples on the leaderboard for the Naismith Award. Some Player of the Year favorites have kept their teams and themselves on the winning track, while others have seen their spots on the list usurped by rising stars.
Since the last edition of these rankings, no player has made a bigger splash in joining the leaders than Kansas’ Ben McLemore. The redshirt freshman almost single-handedly saved the Jayhawks from an upset loss to Iowa State. In the process, he showed that he’s one of the most gifted scorers anywhere in college basketball.
Herein, a closer look at McLemore and the rest of the 20 most promising candidates for this year’s Naismith honors.