If I were to submit a ballot today for the Naismith Award, it would look like this:
- Doug McDermott, Creighton
- DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
The casual college basketball would probably take a look at that ballot and ask, "Who is No. 2?"
So this week, instead of ranking the National Player of the Year candidate, my editors decided to have me come up with the 10 biggest stars in college basketball.
My formula was slightly scientific, but mostly subjective. I looked at Twitter followers and YouTube hits, but mostly I took a step back and asked: "Who does the casual fan know?"
And in the year of the freshmen, they might not be the front-runners for Player of the Year, but they're still the guys everyone is watching.