Every facet of NCAA basketball is changing in the wake of massive conference realignment, and the races for Player of the Year honors are no exception.
Plenty of high-powered stars who might have earned their league’s POY recognition will have to settle for runner-up status as new conference rivals steal the spotlight.
For example, ACC player James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina would have been the front-runner against the original conference competition. Instead, C.J. Fair of Syracuse—who just arrived from the Big East—becomes the preseason pick for the top spot.
Read on for more on Fair’s prospects with his new team, along with projections for the rest of the conference Player of the Year winners next season.