With realignment changing the face of NCAA basketball’s major conferences, the Player of the Year races will look very different in 2013-14. The newly formed AAC will bestow its first-ever POY award, while several other leagues will have serious new contenders.
One of the most striking examples will be the new-look Big East, where Butler, Creighton and Xavier join the Catholic schools from the previous version of the conference. As much talent as the original Big East programs bring to the table, it’ll be new arrival Creighton—with two-time All-American Doug McDermott—that claims the Player of the Year trophy in the Bluejays’ league debut.
Read on for more on McDermott and the rest of the front-runners to be named the best player in the six BCS football conferences, plus the new AAC.