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2013-14 stats: 13.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 1.3 APG, 0.7 SPG
At some point during the 2014 NCAA tournament, Frank Kaminsky made the transformation from "above-average center who can stretch the floor" to "Frank the Tank."
Yet, I refuse to put him at No. 1 on this list for several reasons. And contrary to popular opinion, none of those reasons are that I hate Wisconsin.
First off, Wisconsin has too many other great players for us to expect Bo Ryan to rely all that heavily on Kaminsky. From Nov. 26 through Feb. 10, Wisconsin played 18 games without Kaminsky once scoring more than 16 points. He outscored sixth man Nigel Hayes by just 1.8 points per game during that stretch.
Frankly, we're expecting Sam Dekker to lead the team in scoring after presumably rediscovering the three-point stroke he displayed as a freshman.
Second, Kaminsky doesn't get the kind of minutes the top two guys on this list play. Kaminsky played just 67.7 percent of Wisconsin's available minutes last season. Meanwhile, the player at No. 2 played 92.5 percent of his team's minutes, and No. 1 played in 91.7 percent.
Though he played at least 32 minutes in each of Wisconsin's final four tournament games, he only reached that plateau three times during the regular season.
Whether it's due to durability/conditioning or simply the plethora of other players on the roster who need playing time, Kaminsky doesn't get the necessary minutes to project as the most impactful senior in the country.
There's a very real possibility that Kaminsky will be the most valuable player on the best team in the country, but the next two guys on the list will make some serious noise in the Player of the Year races by turning 2014 NIT teams into 2015 NCAA tournament teams.