Even with Wooden Award winner Trey Burke still months away from being drafted into the NBA, it’s not too early to look ahead to his possible successors in the college ranks. The best contenders for Player of the Year recognition are the ones who can bring—as Burke did—a combination of dazzling individual performance and eye-catching team success.
One returning star who should fit that bill nicely is Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart. The do-it-all point guard led the Cowboys to a 24-9 record as a freshman, and he’ll have an even more dangerous lineup around him as he makes a run at the team’s first Big 12 title since 2004.
Read on for more on Smart and the rest of the 20 most promising candidates to take home the Wooden hardware at the end of the 2013-14 season.