We know who the contenders are going to be in college basketball in 2014-15. Well, at least we think we do, which is why top-25 rankings for next season came out almost immediately after last season ended.
And we know who should be the best and most important players on each of those expected contenders—the stars from last season who have stuck around as well as the highly touted newcomers and transfers who are set to join the top teams in the fall.
But each of these contenders has one particular player who needs to make a major contribution in order for a deep NCAA tournament run (as well as any hope of a national title) to be realistic. Without this player stepping up, any chance of cutting down the nets is minimized.
Using the Bleacher Report's preseason top-25 poll, here's a look at the player from each top-10 contender who must rise to the challenge in 2014-15.