The college basketball season is not even one month old yet I am already looking toward the National Player of the Year race. It's hard not to think about it with so many stars in the league this year.
With the imminent threat of an NBA lockout when the time came to either enter the NBA Draft or return to college many stars who would have been first round picks decided to stay in school. Adding these returning stars with rising stars and the best freshman class in years is a recipe for success.
The college basketball landscape is now full of stars and this Player of the Year race will be one of the best we've seen.
There are a few players who looked to have a clear edge yet they have started off slowly, hitting a sophomore slump. We have also seen some players break out in the early goings, and if they can keep it up they will challenge the favorites.
There are about 10 players who will find themselves in the thick of the race, and they all have a good chance at being named the best player in a loaded college basketball landscape.