Men's Starting 5: Preseason players to watch

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Marcus Smart ... G, Oklahoma State, Soph., 6-foot-4 ... Smart may be the best player in the country, and he is, at the very least, the most versatile. A guard, he can do it all -- shoot, pass, defend and rebound. He should be even better now with a year of college experience.

Andrew Wiggins ... F, Kansas, Fr., 6-8 ... Kentucky may have the best collection of freshmen, but the best player in this class belongs to the Jayhawks. Wiggins is a one-and-done who is likely to be a top-three pick in the next NBA draft. He has freakish athleticism, is skilled and has an all-around game.

Mitch McGary ... F/C, Michigan, So., 6-10 ... McGary was a superstar in the NCAA tournament and a big reason the Wolverines made it to the national championship game. He is versatile and will play a much bigger role for the Wolverines so his numbers (7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg) should go up dramatically.

Doug McDermott ... F, Creighton, Sr., 6-8 ... McDermott was an All-American last year and is closing in on becoming one of the most-prolific scorers in NCAA history. He averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds and will likely become just the eighth player to score 3,000 or more career points.

Russ Smith ... G, Louisville, Sr., 6-0 ... Smith is without question the Cardinals' leader on and off the court. He should thrive now that it is truly his team. Last season, he was second in the Big East in scoring (18.7 ppg) and fourth in steals (2.1 ppg) and this year he should be a national player of the year candidate.


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