Ranking the 10 Greatest Mid-Major College Basketball Stars of the Last Decade

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Ranking the 10 Greatest Mid-Major College Basketball Stars of the Last Decade
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The past 10 years have seen a shift in how college basketball views its "mid-major" members.

Since 2006, six teams outside the game's traditional power conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) and the AAC—new home of 2014 national champion Connecticut—have made the Final Four.

While in a 14-year span from 1992 to 2005, just six total mid-major teams reached the national semifinals, meaning the rate of infiltration has increased over the past decade.

As the unconventional teams continue to make bigger splashes, their star players continue to gain more notoriety.

Players from mid-major programs have dotted All-American teams and parlayed their collegiate exploits into NBA draft selections with increasing regularity.

These 10 mid-major players have seen varying degrees of success after leaving college, but all became major stars for their schools at varying points since the 2004-05 season.

Since the definition of "mid-major" is often arbitrary, we kept this one simple: Players were considered for this list if they spent the majority of their college seasons competing outside the conferences listed above, regardless of where their schools now reside.

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