As potential conference champions jockey for position throughout NCAA basketball, the Naismith Player of the Year candidates get the opportunity to prove themselves in the brightest spotlights. Where some stars have dimmed since the last edition of these rankings (see Franklin, Jamaal), others have made the most of the chance to shine.
No player has made more of an impact at the top of the polls lately than Georgetown star Otto Porter Jr. His Hoyas are ranked No. 7 and riding a nine-game winning streak, and the versatile sophomore has been the engine driving all of that success.
Read on for more on Porter and the rest of the 20 most impressive candidates for Naismith honors this season.