College Basketball 2011-12: Ranking the Top 40 Big Six Players at Each Position

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College Basketball 2011-12: Ranking the Top 40 Big Six Players at Each Position
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The following players are drawn from each of the Big Six conferences: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.

Rankings are based on past production and future projection, and the stat lines listed next to each player's name are from last season, unless stated otherwise.

Since so many of the listed post players are interchangeable at the four and five positions, coupled with the lack of depth at center, I’ve combined power forward and center into one list.

Also, keep in mind you may see a few players listed at new positions compared to last season.

For example, I've projected Kansas combo guard Elijah Johnson to see significant time playing off the ball at shooting guard, whereas last season, he was Tyshawn Taylor's backup at the point.

And take Connecticut swingman Jeremy Lamb, for instance. With Kemba Walker moving on to greener pastures, and with the arrival of DeAndre Daniels at small forward, I'm projecting Lamb to start at the two for the Huskies.

Lastly, instead of trying to complete the difficult task of projecting what type of transition the incoming freshmen will make and ranking them with the returning players, I've simply listed the top five for each position (as well as Division I and JUCO transfers).

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