College basketball’s major conferences no longer have a monopoly on top teams, but when it comes to individual star power, it’s tough to beat the big-name programs. That situation makes for some awfully competitive battles for the distinction of the best player, or even the best at a given position, in any of those conferences.
In the Pac-12, for example, California’s Justin Cobbs is coming off a brilliant season for an NCAA tournament team, but even he has to take a back seat in the conference’s point guard hierarchy. Arizona State’s Jahii Carson is on the short list of the nation’s best rising sophomores, as well as a likely finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.
Read on for more on Carson and the rest of the top talents at all five positions for each of the nation’s major conferences. For purposes of these rankings, the six BCS football conferences, plus the new AAC, get the nod as “majors.”