1 Player Each Top College Basketball Contender Needs to Step Up in 2016-17

Posted by Brian Pedersen on April-28-2016 Add Comments

When evaluating college basketball teams and their chances of contending for a national title, there tends to be a standard formula: Combine returning stars with top newcomers, making sure to factor in the key players who have moved on, and you'll know where things stand.

But just as important to the equation are the other returning players—those who either didn't get much of an opportunity to contribute last season or struggled when given the chance. Their times to shine are coming, though, and whether they can come through will have a major impact on their schools' shots to contend.

Look at the teams that just played for the NCAA title. Villanova's Kris Jenkins and North Carolina's Joel Berry made huge jumps from th...

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