2012 Wooden Award Preseason List: 5 Dark Horse Candidates for Player of the Year

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2012 Wooden Award Preseason List: 5 Dark Horse Candidates for Player of the Year
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Michigan Wolverine's Star Tim Hardaway Jr.

The 2012 John R. Wooden Award preseason list has been unveiled. While it contains household college basketball stars such as North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Baylor's Perry Jones III, there are a number of players on the list who aren't the most publicized stars in the college basketball world. 

What makes the sport of college basketball so great is that every year there seems to be a player who bursts onto the national scene, and in the process, ends up battling up until the very end of the season in pursuit of the illustrious Wooden Award.

In 2005, it was Utah's Andrew Bogut; in 2006 it was Gonzaga's Adam Morrison; and last season, it was BYU's Jimmer Fredette.

This season, while many of us are hearing the constant praise of college basketball's big name stars, less-heralded players will be emerging nation wide.

Look for these five athletes to be in the thick of the Wooden Award chase when the season winds down next March. Don't say I didn't tell you so ...

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