The One Player Each College Basketball Contender Needs to Step Up in 2014

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The One Player Each College Basketball Contender Needs to Step Up in 2014
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Every season, college basketball's marquee names change. It's part of the game's beauty and inscrutability, the beholder's feelings on the NBA's one-and-done rule notwithstanding.

Every year, players who are expected to shine either struggle to adapt or suffer through injuries, sometimes becoming bit players. We're looking at you, Ryan Harrow.

Conversely, there are always guys who come through at unexpected levels and win their way into their fans' hearts forever. See: Oladipo, Victor.

The teams forecasted to contend for Final Four berths all have dominant stars that, barring the unforeseen, are capable of carrying said squads a long way. There are also, however, players who lack a lengthy resume of proven college production who appear central to their school's hopes of a championship.

The 12 players listed here may not be starsyetand their teams may not necessarily need them to become so this season. But all 12 must be productive in their roles this season, or their seasons are that much more likely to end in disappointment.

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