Call it the year of the upperclassmen.
Twenty-one of the 25 members on this early-season Wooden watch list are either juniors or seniors.
What does this mean for college basketball? A more polished, yet still talented, group of athletes who should make March and April the most intriguing two months on the sports calendar.
Oddly enough, however, the top candidate just might be Duke freshman Kyrie Irving, who has so far outperformed senior teammates Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith one month into the 2010-2011 campaign.
Of course, much could change between now and March: players could move on to or off of this list; conference games could highlight (or "lowlight") non-conference successes; and injuries could scramble the watch list.
But, as of December 2010, the following 25 players lead the nation in the chase for Wooden.