Cleanthony Early - Wichita State - Senior - 6-8 - F
Early was a solid performer for a Final Four team a season ago, but with a number of top guys gone this is now Early's team to lead. In Wichita State's last game against eventual winner Louisville Early scored 24 points as he earned Final Four All-Tournament team honors.
Tyler Haws - BYU - Junior - 6-5 - G
Last season Haws came on strong after taking an extended break from basketball going on a mission. Haws averaged 21.7 points per game and he is undoubtedly the best player in the WCC this season. Haws will have to be a solid force this season if he hopes to lead BYU past Gonzaga for the WCC crown.
Kendall Williams - New Mexico - Senior - 6-4 - G
Kendall Williams won the Mountain West Player of the year honors last season for New Mexico and there is no reason to think he can't obtain the award again this season. Williams had a remarkable 46 point game against Colorado State and he is a guy that can go out and get his own shot whenever he wants. Expect Williams to carry New Mexico to the top of the MWC again this season.
Juvonte Reddic - VCU - Senior - 6-9 - F
Last season Reddic averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds and he will be the centerpiece to Smart's team again this season. Reddic is an athletic big and he fits right into VCU's high tempo erratic style. Reddic attended the LeBron James Skills Academy in the offseason and he is primed to make a run at A-10 Player of the Year.
Jerrelle Benimon - Towson - Senior - 6-8 - F
The Towson basketball program was in dire straits going just 1-31 in 2011-2012, but the addition of Jerrelle Benimon has completely turned this program around. In his first season with the Tigers Benimon led Towson to a respectable 18-13 record and now they are primed to make a run at the CAA title this season.