Dark horses and Cinderella stories are the lifeblood of college basketball, especially when it comes to preseason conference Player of the Year awards.
We're always looking for the next great player to make a run at the Naismith Player of the Year Award, and these are seven quality candidates.
Last month, we nominated the favorite and biggest challenger for every conference Player of the Year honor, but the major conferences deserve a little extra attention in the way of a dark horse.
These aren't completely outlandish suggestions. We're not including random bench players as a means of really driving home the dark horse idea.
Rather, these are legitimate candidates who simply haven't yet received enough national love to truly be considered one of the favorites.
If you think about it in terms of the NCAA tournament field, we covered the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds last month—now we're talking about the No. 4 seeds with a chance to win it all.