Top Point Guards

1. Chris Paul, 6-0, Wake Forest

Paul, above, averaged 14.8 points and was third in the ACC with 5.9 assists as a freshman, but he'll have to step up his game if the Demon Deacons are going to live up to their lofty billing.

2. Jarrett Jack, 6-3, Georgia Tech

He might not have the skills of Mark Price, Kenny Anderson or Stephon Marbury, but Jack has showed as much heart, leadership and courage as any of the great Tech point guards of the past.

3. Chris Thomas, 6-1, Notre Dame

The senior played much of last season with a throbbing left knee and still averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Top Shooters

1. Gerry McNamara, 6-2, Syracuse

McNamara, left, nailed six three-pointers against Kansas in the NCAA championship game as a freshman, and then scored 43 points against Brigham Young in an NCAA game last season.

2. J.J. Redick, 6-4, Duke

There might not be a better pure shooter in the nation than Redick, who, at times, seems to get lost in the offense.

3. Travis Diener, 6-1, Marquette

First player to lead Conference USA in scoring (18.8) and assists (6.0), he made 45 percent of his three-point attempts.

Three Impact Transfers

1. Dennis Latimore, 6-8,

Arizona to Notre Dame

Latimore, left, and Torin Francis, who should be stronger after offseason back surgery, give the Fighting Irish one of the nation's best front courts.

2. Tony Bethel, 6-2,

Georgetown to N.C. State

The addition of the former Hoya is the primary reason Julius Hodge came back to school.

3. Michael Thompson, 6-10, Duke to Northwestern

The Wildcats are counting on the former high school all-American to lead them to their first winning Big Ten season since 1968.

Top Big Men

1. Lawrence Roberts, 6-9, Mississippi State

Roberts, above, who joined the Bulldogs last season after fleeing Baylor, became the first State player in more than 20 years to average a double-double.

2. Hakim Warrick, 6-8, Syracuse

Warrick doesn't have Carmelo Anthony's ball-handling or jump shot, but he is nearly as effective, averaging 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

3. Wayne Simien, 6-9, Kansas

The bruising senior, who has a surprisingly good mid-range jumper, seems to be tailor-made for Coach Bill Self's high-low offense.

Nation's Best Freshmen

1. Marvin Williams, 6-9,

North Carolina

Roy Williams went all the way to Seattle to sign the power forward, left, who some observers say is already the Tar Heels' best player.

2. Rudy Gay, 6-9, Connecticut

Returning Huskies Josh Boone and Charlie Villanueva will replace Emeka Okafor's defense and rebounding; Gay will replace his scoring.

3. Rajon Rondo, 6-1, Kentucky

According to early returns, the high school all-American is the jewel of Coach Tubby Smith's best recruiting class at Kentucky.

Top Junior College Transfers

1. Rashaad Carruth, 6-3,

Southern Mississippi

The former high school all-American, left, who was kicked off Kentucky's team, should lead the Golden Eagles in scoring.

2. Jihad Muhammad, 5-11, Cincinnati

Bob Huggins has handed the keys to his offense to the junior college all-American.

3. Aaron Pettway, 6-11, Oklahoma State

He has played only two years of organized basketball after spending four years in the Air Force.