College Basketball Power Rankings: 10 Superstars You've Never Heard Of

Scott WexlerContributor IJanuary 21, 2011

College Basketball Power Rankings: 10 Superstars You've Never Heard Of

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    The beauty of college basketball is that on any given night, a mid-major team could take down a "Big 6" conference team.

    Most mid-majors fly under the radar during the regular season, and come out of hibernation during March Madness, making incredible runs deep into the tournament.

    This year some mid-majors are making big noise on the national scale, with two teams, San Diego State and BYU both currently ranked in the top 10.  

    What most people don't realize is that many players on these mid-major teams are just as talented as some of the players on Duke, Kansas, and the other top programs in the country. 

    Here are 10 superstars you haven't heard of...in no order.

Kenneth Faried, Morehead State

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    When you think of Morehead State, you don't generally think of the NBA material. Kenneth Faried is definitely an NBA draft prospect, and he could even work his way up to a lottery pick.

    The 6-8 power forward/center is one of the best rebounders in the land. Faried averages a double-double, with 17.6 points per games, and 13.3 rebounds. 

    Perhaps the most impressive thing about Faried is that he is extremely consistent. Only once this year Faried has scored single digits, and only three times this year he has had single-digit rebounds. 

    In his two toughest games, at Ohio State and at Florida, Faried had a combined 30 rebounds and 35 points.

Charles Jenkins, Hofstra

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    Jenkins is an extremely athletic guard with great size and shooting ability. He is Hofstra's leading scorer, averaging 23.2 points per game. 

    Jenkins was red shirted his freshman year in hopes of being able to help Hofstra make a run his senior year, and so far he is living up to it. 

    He is by far the best player in the Colonial Athletic Association, and won the CAA Player of the Year award last year.

    He is sometimes compared to Eric Maynor, Virginia Commonwealth's superstar who could take over any game for 40 minutes because he is such a great playmaker.

    Jenkins has the skill set to play on any team in the country, and has the ability to play at the next level.

Tu Holloway, Xavier

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    Tu Holloway holds together the Musketeers' offense like cement holds together a building.

    Not only he is a an extremely proficient scorer, averaging 20.4 points per game, he also dishes out five assists per game, and shoots 85 percent from the charity stripe. 

    Holloway is a big reason for Xavier's success, including a 4-0 start in conference play. 

    He is also one of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard. 

Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure

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    Even though St. Bonaventure might not be having a good season, Nicholson certainly is.

    He leads the Bonnies in points, scoring 20.5 per game, rebounds, grabbing almost eight per contest, field goal percentage, shooting almost 54% from the field, and blocks per game. 

    The only thing that is holding Nicholson back from breaking into the next tier among big men is foul trouble. If Nicholson can overcome, that the sky is the limit for him.

Ryan Rossiter, Siena

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    Rossiter just keeps on producing, regardless of who he is on the floor with. Even though the Saints are     7-10 and just 3-4 in conference, Rossiter is doing everything in his power to help.

    He leads the team with 19.1 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game, and 1 block per contest. He was voted Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason player of the year. 

    Rossiter also shoots 51% from the field, giving him a diverse aspect and many times causing a mismatch. 

Ray McCallum, Detroit

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    McCallum scores 15.2 points per game, which is fourth in the nation among freshmen. McCallum is a very talented combo guard who leads his team in scoring, assists, and steals. 

    The sky is the limit for McCallum, and has all the tools to elevate his game to the next level.

Michael Glover, Iona

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    Glover is a junior, but is surprisingly playing in his first season of basketball for the Gaels. 

    The former College of Eastern Utah standout is having great success at Iona, averaging 20.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.

    He leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in points, and is one of the best shooters in the country, shooting an remarkable 70% from the field. 

Norris Cole, Cleveland State

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    In each of his four seasons for the Vikings, Cole has gotten better each year, and is now Cleveland State's biggest offensive weapon, leading his team to a 17-3 start.

    He leads the Horizon League in points with 20.4 per game. Cole also plays extremely tough defense, and leads the league with 2.4 steals per game, leading to many transition baskets. 

    Cole has had a tremendous four years at Cleveland State, and currently is ranked fifth among the school's all time leading scorers, with 1,589 points. 

Andrew Goudelock, College Of Charleston

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    Goudelock is one of the best scorers in the country, leading the Southern Conference averaging 23.8 points per game. 

    Goudelock is a spectacular shooter, scoring 42.6% of his attempts from beyond the arch. Earlier this year, Goudelock went 6/7 from three-point land and dropped 31 points against Tennessee in Knoxville.

    Goudelock's best games this year have come against his toughest opponents (27 points @Maryland, 28 points @North Carolina, and 31 points @Tennessee), showing Goudelock thrives off competition and has the tools to play at a very high level.

Sam Willard, Pacific

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    Willard is one of the most diverse players in the country, but his biggest strength is his ability to dominate the glass. The 6-9 senior grabs 11.4 rebounds per game on average. 

    In addition to being a great rebounder, Willard averages 16 points per contest, and is a surprisingly very good shooter, shooting 50% from the field and 42.4% from behind the arch. 

    Willard is amongst the nation's leaders in double-doubles, and is slowly starting to turn heads.