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Top 10 Seniors In the Country For the 2013-14 College Basketball Season

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Top 10 Seniors In College Hoops

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Kansas Jayhawks’ Andrew Wiggins and the Kentucky Wildcats’ incoming freshmen have been getting so much buzz during the off-season, but what about the players who will be returning for the 2013-14 college basketball season? What about the players who stuck it out and decided to play for four years? What about the seniors?

Just like any other year, there will be some very talented seniors taking the court. Players like Patric Young will be back once again. Young may finally get the chance to lead his Florida Gators. He has always been a very talented player, but hasn’t really hit his potential. This could be the year that he finally does. However, he doesn’t even make the list of top 10 seniors in the country.

Trevor Releford. Mike Moser. Joe Harris. Tim Frazier. Markel Brown. Dwayne Evans. Justin Cobbs. Chaz Williams. They are all great players and will all be seniors, but they still do not make the cut.

Doug McDermott could have easily taken his talents to the next level, but he will be back on the Creighton Bluejays. Russ Smith was arguably the best player in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and he will also be back. Not to mention, both players will be playing in their senior year.

Both will also be two of the best in college hoops and it would not be a surprise if either was the player of the year. However, where do they land on this top 10 list?

Read on to find out the top 10 seniors in the country for the 2013-14 college hoops season.

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10. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss Rebels

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Marshall Henderson was a big reason why the Ole Miss Rebels made the NCAA tournament last season. He did average 20.1 points per game on the year.

Unfortunately, the team will be losing some key players. Henderson was still the best player on the Rebels and he could be the best player in the SEC. It would not be a surprise if Henderson went off for 25+ points per game and Ole Miss may need him to do that.

Whether the case, Henderson is easily one of the best seniors in the country.

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9. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Huskies

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Shabazz Napier will be part of one of the best backcourts in the nation and he is the best player in that backcourt. Not to mention, he is the best player on the Connecticut Huskies, which is a team that won 20 games last year.

The Huskies will be allowed to make the dance, which will give some added motivation in the 2013-14 season.

Who knows if Napier can better his statistics from last season--17.1 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 4.6 assists per game--but he is going to be one of the best players on the court every time he plays.

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8. Jordan McRae, Tennessee Volunteers

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The Tennessee Volunteers are going to take the SEC by storm this year and Jordan McRae is going to play a huge role in that.

Kentucky will enter the season by being ranked No. 1 and Florida will once again be a top 10 team, but do not count out this Vols team for an SEC title.

McRae averaged 15.7 points per game last season and he could be even better this year. There is going to be a lot of talented players in this conference, which includes Kentucky’s best recruiting class of all time (arguably). McRae could steal the show by being the best player in the SEC.

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7. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State Shockers

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The Wichita State Shockers may take a step back in the 2013-14 season, but it will only be a small one. The team loses some talent, but Cleanthony Early is one of the best players in the country, let alone one of the best seniors.

In case if you have forgotten, the Shockers made it all of the way to the Final Four last season an Early played a huge role in that.

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6. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati Bearcats

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The Cincinnati Bearcats will need Sean Kilpatrick to come up big all season long, which is why he could be even better. He averaged 17 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game last season and those numbers should be even better or at least they might need to be.

Kilpatrick will easily be the best player on the Bearcats this season and Cincinnati should be one of the top teams in the AAC.

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5. Adreian Payne, Michigan State Spartans

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Adreian Payne is getting a lot of hype for the 2013-14 season and he should be. Him returning is huge for Michigan State.

Payne averaged 10.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game last season. He is not going to lead the team in scoring, but he doesn’t need to. Payne is easily one of the best players in the country and he could be the best one on the Spartans.

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4. C.J. Fair, Syracuse Orange

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The Syracuse Orange are losing a lot of talent, but that should not matter in the grand scheme of things. This team will still compete for a national title.

C.J. Fair was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team last season and that should be the case in the upcoming season. He managed to do this all while playing next to players such as Michael Carter-Williams. Well, Carter-Williams and other key players are no longer on the Orange, so the team will be Fair’s to lead.

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3. Aaron Craft, Ohio State Buckeyes

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Aaron Craft should be the definition of college basketball. He plays every game like it is his last and he even plays defense--very, very well.

Craft will once again be one of the best defenders in the country, but he may need to be more of a threat on the offensive side of the ball. He did score 10 points per game last season, which was the second best on the team.

The only problem is the fact that leading scorer Deshaun Thomas will no longer be on the team. Thomas was the best scorer on the court every single game he played--averaged 19.8 points per game.

His departure could lead to more points for Craft. Craft may be most known for his defense, but if he can score more he could be a darkhorse for player of the year.

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2. Doug McDermott, Creighton Bluejays

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Doug McDermott is probably the best scorer in college hoops. He has averaged 20+ points per game the last two seasons and he has one heck of a shot to go along with that.

McDermott shot 54.8 percent from the field and 49 percent from behind the arc last season. That is insane. His 6’8’’ stature makes him that much tougher to guard.

McDermott will definitely be one of the favorites to win the Naismith this year. He already got enough attention playing in the MVC, but now his Bluejays will be in the spotlight, playing in the Big East.

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1. Russ Smith, Louisville Cardinals

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Russ Smith is not only the best senior in college hoops entering the season, he is the best player. He has to be. Smith was the best player on the best team last season. You know, since Louisville won a national championship and all.

Smith averaged 18.7 points per game on the year and he was even better in the tournament. Andrew Wiggins or not, Smith is the front-runner for the Naismith this season. He is also the best senior entering the year, so enjoy seeing him play for the Cardinals while you still can.