Our definitions of the already-nebulous term "mid-major" are set to be challenged this season, thanks to the ever-present specter of conference realignment.
Because rivalries being sacrificed in the name of the almighty dollar is so 2011, groups of schools have upped the ante by bisecting themselves and creating a whole new league.
And speaking of the Big East and American Athletic Conference, for the purpose of this piece, both will inherit the previous Big East's major-conference designation. Until one or the other struggles to something like two NCAA bids, this writer continues to consider them major conferences.
The Mountain West and Atlantic 10, however, will continue to toil under the "not quite ready for prime time" banner. The A-10 lost three of its most bankable programs in the Big East/American fallout, while the MWC laid an egg in the NCAA tournament that belied its lofty RPI ranking.
While the rest of the West Coast Conference may be comfortably considered mid-major, Gonzaga has been left out of these rankings. Reaching No. 1 in the national polls and a top NCAA tournament seed has its perks.
With all the logistics out of the way, here lie 20 players who the casual fan may not hear about until March. The educated fan, however, should already know that these young men are legit.