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9. Sherron Collins, 5-10, 205, PG, Sr., Kansas: It’s so difficult to pick someone off the Jayhawks' roster that even their staff was split. However, I’m going with the leader of the team — even if his numbers aren’t exactly staggering. Collins put up 19 points in the win over Michigan and is averaging 13.9 points and 4.2 assists per game for the undefeated Jayhawks.
8. Jon Scheyer, 6-5, 190, G, Sr., Duke: He’s been the Blue Devils' top player so far this season. He’s averaging 18.2 points, 5.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game and has an astounding 5.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Scheyer scored 20 points, had eight assists and five rebounds in a rout of Gonzaga.
7. Damion James, 6-7, 225, F, Sr., Texas: The Longhorns' athletic combo forward was terrific against North Carolina with 25 points and 15 rebounds and is averaging 16.4 points and 10.6 boards per contest this season.
6. Darington Hobson, 6-7, 200, G, Jr., New Mexico: The long and talented junior college transfer is one of the most versatile players in the nation. Hobson scored 22 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and had six assists against Creighton last week and is averaging 16.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season.
5. Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, 215, SF, Sr., Washington: The Huskies have struggled a bit early in the season, but not because of Pondexter. The senior had 17 points in a rout of Portland and is averaging 21.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.
4. Luke Harangody, 6-8, 245, PF/C, Sr., Notre Dame: The Irish big man is fourth in the nation in scoring at 24.5 points and while his rebounding numbers may be down, they are still impressive at 9.8 per contest. ‘Gody had 23 points and seven boards in a win against UCLA.
3. Da'Sean Butler, 6-7, 230, F, Sr., West Virginia: He scored 18 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out five assists in a close win at Cleveland State. His numbers (16.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.9 apg) may not be eye-popping, but he’s on one of the top teams in the nation and does a lot of everything.
2. Wesley Johnson, 6-7, 205, SF, Jr., Syracuse: The Orange's new star went for 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win against St. Bonaventure and is averaging 16.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and more than two assists, steals and blocks per contest.
1. John Wall, 6-3 ½, 193, PG, Fr., Kentucky: The Wildcats' star freshman continues to produce. He scored 17 points, had six assists and grabbed four rebounds in a win against Austin Peay and is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
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