Michigan's Fab Five is no more, but with March Madness just around the corner, I wanted to highlight the five names every college basketball fan should know.
In a tournament-style game, defense and controlling a game's tempo can get a team far, but having a Dwyane Wade-type player on the court can carry a team to a Final Four.
Wade will live on in tournament lore for his triple-double against top-seeded Kentucky in the Midwest Regional Final in 2003, and his presence on the court enabled Marquette to make a surprising run to the Final Four.
Is there a player capable of doing that this time around?
It would be hard to match Wade's numbers and legendary play, but these five players could certainly try.
When filling out your bracket, don't forget these players and schools.
If Turner doesn't win Player of the Year honors, there should be an investigation.
His return from a broken back suffered in January has led to a resurgent Ohio State Buckeyes squad that has some thinking Final Four.
Ohio State has won 13 of their last 15 games, and Turner is the main reason why.
He leads the Big Ten in scoring (19.5) and rebounding (9.4), and is second in assists per game at 5.8.
Judging by those numbers, he would be my guess to duplicate Dwyane Wade's triple-double heroics this tournament.
He can carry the Buckeyes to Indianapolis, especially now that his back is healed.
His 6'7" frame and gifted athletic ability has NBA scouts drooling, but rest assured he has business to take care of first for OSU.
This freshman superstar has looked better and better as the season has worn on, and he has the Wildcats in the hunt for another Final Four.
Everyone knew he was good, but not many would have pictured his rise to superstardom to have happened so fast.
The kid has his own dance for crying out loud.
Wall amazingly does not get enough credit for the depth of his game.
His ability to score is outstanding no doubt (16.8 ppg), but no one talks about his SEC-leading 6.2 assists per game or his four rebounds per game.
When Wall isn't scoring (which is very rare) he can still contribute in a lot of ways for his Cats squad.
The John Wall dance warms my heart, but his style of play might make Kentucky fans dance in the streets in a couple of weeks.
Batman has to have a Robin, and Cousins plays that role very well for the Wildcats (though I'll admit Wall and Cousins could easily reverse their roles).
There's no question both freshmen are supehero-like and that is why Kentucky is the most dangerous team in America right now.
While Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson was on the front page of all the magazines garnering preseason All-America attention, Cousins was quietly preparing for a season that may earn him a spot on the All-American team.
He averages a double-double (15.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and, like Wall, has jumped to superstardom quicker than most people would have guessed.
The Kentucky program has been reborn thanks to Wall and Cousins, and both teens could be cutting down the nets in nearby Indiana before it's all said and done.
The 6'6" native of Venezuela stayed around for his senior year and made Terrapin nation very happy in doing so.
Vasquez just led the Terps to a big upset of Duke, but bigger things could be on the horizon for Maryland, winners of seven straight.
A top candidate for ACC Player of the Year, Vasquez is second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game, first in assists with 6.3 a game, and even hauls in 4.6 boards a game.
But what he brings from an emotional standpoint can't be measured.
Coach Gary Williams knows he can lean on Vasquez to do just about anything, including a possible deep tourney run.
Like Vasquez, Scheyer is a senior who has done just about everything right in his time as a Blue Devil.
And like Vasquez, Scheyer is in the hunt for ACC Player of the Year.
With a stat line of 18.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and 5.2 apg, it's no wonder why.
Scheyer is one of those players that can go on a scoring burst and put a game out of reach; it's as if you're playing NBA Jam, and he's "on fire."
Duke has had their fair share of superstars, and Scheyer is no different.
Willing to give his all at both ends of the court, Scheyer has Duke primed for a deep run at this year's tournament.
Let the games begin.
These five are ready.