There are well over 4,000 players on college basketball rosters around the country this season, so it’s time to give the fans some help cutting that group down to the essentials. Most of those thousands won’t make a ripple in the race for the 2014 national title, but the ones on this list will be key factors on some of the nation’s biggest contenders.
LaQuinton Ross, for instance, is about to go from the Ohio State bench to being the No. 1 option in the Buckeyes' offense. Thad Matta’s team is bidding for its second Final Four berth in three seasons, and Ross will be a vital part of getting them to Cowboys Stadium in April.
Read on for more on the Buckeyes’ offensive heir apparent, along with the rest of the 20 most important players to watch in college hoops this year. Although you’ll find some of last season's big names, preference was generally given to players who are new to their teams or are otherwise expected to take on bigger roles in 2013-14.