Junior, Ohio State
Ohio State jumped out to a 7-1 start and No. 13 ranking this season, thanks to forward-turned-point guard Evan Turner, who led the Buckeyes in points (20.6), rebounds (12.9) and assists (6.6) over the first eight games. But then Turner suffered a transverse process fracture of two vertebrae during an attempted dunk against Eastern Michigan. Turner was initially supposed to miss around 12 games, but he sat out for just six and has been spectacular since returning. With Turner back in the fold, Ohio State could make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.