College Basketball 2011-12: Top 30 Mid-Major Players at Each Position

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College Basketball 2011-12: Top 30 Mid-Major Players at Each Position
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Given the economic and competitive struggles of mid-major teams to build their programs, it's pretty remarkable to have witnessed underdog stories such as the 2006 George Mason and 2011 VCU Final Four runs, both out of the Colonial Athletic Association.

And of course, Butler's odds-defying back-to-back NCAA tournament championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011 out of the Horizon League will go down as one of the greatest achievements in college basketball history.

Whether or not you love it or hate it, the story of the underdog and rise of mid-major basketball gives March Madness its mystique.

The NCAA tournament provides mid-major programs an opportunity to demonstrate their parity with perennial powers, and that parity has risen to an all-time high over the last decade.

Here's a look into the depth of talent outside of the power six conferences, as I've ranked the top 30 players at each position, based on past production and personal projections for the upcoming season.

Keep in mind, I've included players from the "tweener" conferences in my player rankings, which refers to conferences such as the Atlantic 10 and Conference USA, that aren't part of the power six but aren't necessarily labeled as "mid-major" to some folks in the basketball world. 

Also, incoming freshmen and juco transfers are not included within the position rankings, but instead I've listed the top five newcomers for all five positions at the bottom of each slide.

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