By Sommers Price
1. Jared Sullinger- Sophomore Center-Ohio State University
Sullinger’s combination of strength, skill, and tenacity cements his spot atop these rankings. Some would consider the rising sophomore “bad game proof”, as his relentless play inside and uncharacteristically high free throw percentage can make up for “off” nights. He passed up the chance to be the headliner of this year’s draft class immediately after his team’s loss to Kentucky displaying a refreshing desire to win and compete for a national championship.
2. Harrison Barnes- Sophomore Forward-University of North Carolina
Barnes has the honorable distinction of being the best player on what I would consider the best team college basketball has to offer. After a slow start amidst astronomical expectations (first team all American) Barnes heated up in ACC play, ultimately leading the Tar Heels to a surprising conference championship. Barnes has a quiet killer instinct and no noticeable weaknesses in his silky smooth game. Look for him to make a serious run at National player of the year and a deep run into the tournament.