KENNY ANDERSON:

What to do for an encore? The wispy point guard used his wizardry to help take Georgia Tech to the Final Four last season, and the show will be even more his own with "Lethal Weapon 3" mates Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver gone.

STACEY AUGMON AND LARRY JOHNSON:

Some contend that this Nevada-Las Vegas pair may be as good a duo of collegiate forwards as has ever played together. They almost certainly will top the 35 points and 17 rebounds a game they combined for last season.

TODD DAY:

Perhaps on the verge of becoming the most unstoppable player in the nation. Averaged 19.5 points last year as a sophomore -- and, a year after Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson called him the worst defensive player on the team, he had 82 steals.

CHRISTIAN LAETTNER:

Danny Ferry revisited at Duke.

NORTH CAROLINA FRESHMEN:

The most eagerly awaited rookie is Damon Bailey of Indiana, but the greatest impact should come from the Tar Heels' renowned first-year class: center Eric Montross, forwards Brian Reese, Pat Sullivan and Cliff Rozier and guard Derrick Phelps. They may be able to win the ACC themselves.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL:

The most agile, athletic 7-footer you'll ever see, and still just a sophomore at Louisiana State. He led the SEC in rebounds and blocked shots as a freshman, and with Chris Jackson gone, he may double his 14 points-per-game average.

BILLY OWENS:

The most versatile player in the nation, he let Derrick Coleman be Syracuse's star -- and still managed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per outing.

STEVE SMITH:

The country's second-most versatile player. He scores, he passes, he handles the ball. He rebounds, he hits three-pointers. He may take Michigan State to another Big Ten title. And all from a spindly, herky-jerky, 6-6 guard.