After a thrilling Saturday of nonstop college hoops action, I think it is fair to say that college basketball has officially arrived to the national sports spotlight.
After about three weeks of major conference play, certain players have amped up their level of play, while others have fallen into the shadows.
Now is the time of the year where National Player of the Year candidates can really be determined, as playing in conference games truly shows who are the best players in America.
To compile this list, I took into account a bevy of factors, including individual stats, importance to team, team record, and recent performance.
Dominant teams like Florida, Arizona and Butler are not represented on this list, because they don't have star players on their roster. Their high merit has been a result of balance.
I even had to expand the honorable mentions list a tad because so many players have earned their recognition over the past couple weeks.
Finally in the heart of college hoops mania, here is my biweekly top 10 Wooden Award candidates ranking.
Note: The Wooden Award Committee released their midseason Top 25 candidates list over the past two weeks. For the purposes of this article, I ignored that list.