Taking the Next Step: Returning College Basketball Players Primed to Break Out

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Taking the Next Step: Returning College Basketball Players Primed to Break Out
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Can you feel it?

College basketball is here. For those of us who eat, breathe and sleep NCAA hoops, this is one of the most exciting times of the year.

Midnight Madness has come and gone. While it might have subjected us to some awkward dancing, it also presented us with our first look at the returning stars and incoming freshman alike.

But one of the best parts of any college basketball season is noticing how much that project player from last season has matured and improved over the summer and is now a viable star this season. 

In the day and age of “one-and-done” superstars, it would seem that there are more opportunities than ever for guys who stick around to step up because their program's best player decided to leave early and pursue an NBA career.

And while we almost always start our college basketball conversations with the impact freshmen and guys who dominated last year that figure to do the same again this year, it can be just as important to talk about those players who are ready to break out after a season or two of getting their feet wet. 

This list is comprised of players who either paid their dues while sitting behind some great players or guys who played solid ball last season, but look ready to take their game to the next level.

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