We all feel like we know who college basketball's stars will be in the 2014-15 season. Duke adds freshman Jahlil Okafor, Louisville's Montrezl Harrell will spend his entire junior season in beast mode, Kentucky still has a deep blue sea of talent returning from the so-called greatest recruiting class ever, yada yada yada.
But a big portion of the fun in the offseason lies in anticipating the wild cards. Who are the players who will make a major breakthrough like Cameron Bairstow did for New Mexico? Who could blossom from supporting piece to star the way Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky did in his junior year? Or, who could simply make the most of a new opportunity like the one Casey Prather earned at Florida?
Not many saw those three guys as all-conference performers at this time last season, just like some players will pop up and surprise us this year. These nine players—plus a couple of wild-card entries from each conference—could have an as-yet-unforeseen impact on the race in each of the game's top leagues.