Predicting Which NCAA Basketball Sophomores Will Take Biggest Leap in 2013-14

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Predicting Which NCAA Basketball Sophomores Will Take Biggest Leap in 2013-14
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The word "sophomore" is almost a dirty one in this one-and-done era of college basketball. So much attention gets paid to the McDonald's All-Americans who can bail for pro ball after one season that those they leave behind are diminished somehow.

Lesser talents, if you will.

There are still a lot of very good players who, for a variety of reasons, didn't bolt after their first season. Many played with dominantand now departedteammates who have passed the torch. Some suffered through growing pains as freshmen and have emerged better for it.

These 20 players should be counted on for improved production in their second collegiate seasons. Whether they're now the best player on their team or among the best in their conference, we'll become a lot more familiar with them between now and March.

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