Predicting the Biggest Star in Each Major CBB Conference for the 2014-15 Season

The Biggest Star in Each Major CBB Conference for the 2014-15 Season

Kentucky Wildcats
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Players like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Doug McDermott, Shabazz Napier and other very talented stars had great runs in college hoops, but all of them have moved on to the NBA. That just means other players are going to have to rise to the occasion. With that said, I will be predicting the biggest star for each major conference in the 2014-15 college basketball season.

AAC: Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

Ryan Boatright
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AAC: Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

Ryan Boatright
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Move over Shabazz Napier, there is a new star in Connecticut. Napier moved all of the way over to the NBA, but that was not because of Ryan Boatright. That aside, Boatright should become more of a scoring threat like he was his sophomore season. That year he averaged 15.4 points per game. Boatright is easily capable of putting up more points per game, and he may need to with DeAndre Daniels and Napier no longer on the Huskies.

ACC: Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Marcus Paige
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ACC: Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Marcus Paige
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Marcus Paige has the talent to lead the country in scoring. North Carolina should be better than it was this past season, so Paige probably doesn’t have to be that type of player. Still, he is probably going to lead the Tar Heels in scoring and he could lead the ACC in that same category.

Big Ten: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Yogi Ferrell
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Big Ten: Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Yogi Ferrell
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Frank Kaminsky will probably be a popular pick here as a result of his impressive outing in the 2014 NCAA tournament, but Yogi Ferrell should get more attention in his junior year. Indiana missed out on the dance, but Ferrell lit it up from behind the arc all season long, and he was a lethal scorer (17.3 points per game, 88 threes on 40 percent shooting from deep).

Big 12: Georges Niang, Iowa State

Georges Niang
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Big 12: Georges Niang, Iowa State

Georges Niang
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Iowa State had the talent to win a championship this past season. The Cyclones lose Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane, but at least Georges Niang will be back. Niang fills up the stat sheet and should contend for the Naismith trophy. (2013-14 Stats: 16.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.6 APG.)

Big East: D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s

D'Angelo Harrison
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Big East: D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s

D'Angelo Harrison
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Who knows how good, or bad, the St. John’s Red Storm will be in 2014-15, but D’Angelo Harrison will provide plenty of entertainment no matter what. He is coming off of another productive season (17.5 points per game, 37 percent shooting from three-point land), and will be playing in his final year. This is a bit of a bold prediction for the simple fact that the Red Storm don’t get a lot of national attention, but Harrison is a beast on the court.

Pac-12: Joseph Young, Oregon

Joseph Young
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Pac-12: Joseph Young, Oregon

Joseph Young
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The Arizona Wildcats will enter the 2014-15 season with very high expectations, but no player in this conference will be as good as Joseph Young. Well, when it comes to putting the ball into the hoop. In his first season at Oregon, he averaged 18.9 points per game and shot 41.5 percent from the three.

SEC: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Aaron Harrison
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SEC: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Aaron Harrison
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So many players can go in this spot. Florida is losing four starters and Kentucky is losing Julius Randle and James Young. Other teams are losing stars as well. Who knows who will be the leading scorer for the Wildcats, especially since they will welcome in another amazing recruiting class, but I am predicting Aaron Harrison to be the man in Lexington. He made clutch shot after clutch shot in the dance, and is in store for a big season.

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