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Twenty under-the-radar breakout players for the 2014-15 season

There are certain college basketball breakout candidates who have already grabbed a bit of the spotlight as 2014-15 gets set to begin, and there are others even some hoops junkies don't know about yet. For their benefit, below we take a look at 20 under-the-radar guys primed to have big years. In no particular order ...

Jarquez Smith, Florida State: The Seminoles are looking for a new face at power forward after Okaro White exhausted all of his eligibility and Smith looks like the early favorite in the clubhouse. The 6-9 forward has tremendous length and is the type of high octane athlete Leonard Hamilton craves to coach.

Ben Moore, SMU: Larry Brown has assembled one of the better front courts in college basketball and Moore may be the best long term prospect in the Mustangs' baseline stable. Blessed with a giant pair of hands and terrific length at 6-8, Moore is primed for a big time sophomore season as SMU looks to be a top-15 team in 14-15.

Trey Davis, UMass: Derek Kellogg is going to need everyone on his perimeter to do more this season following the departure of Chaz Williams. Now a junior, the 6-foot Davis showed moments of promise last season as a sophomore and scored in double figures in four consecutive games from Feb. 21-March 5. If UMass is to have a chance to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, it needs 12-14 points a night from Davis.

Kevin Johnson, Cincinnati: A silent assassin, Johnson is the clear favorite on the Bearcats' roster to replace Sean Kilpatrick in Cincinnati's starting lineup. The 6-2 sophomore is a better outside shooter than he showed last season (31.3 percent from three-point range) and should average in double figures this year for the Bearcats.

Mo Alie-Cox, VCU: A mountain masquerading as a man, the 6-6, 250 pound Alie-Cox looks more like a defensive end than a basketball player. With Juvonte Reddic no longer on the Rams' roster, look for Alie-Cox to be VCU's primary post threat. Pencil him in for eight and eight.

Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa: Fran McCaffery has raved about Uthoff's progress all summer and he should benefit this season from a more expanded role. The Hawkeyes will still use 10-11 players on a regular basis, but this 6-9 forward should more of a focal point. Uthoff averaged 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in just 18.2 minutes last season.

Cullen Neal, New Mexico: The Lobos will be more of a perimeter oriented team next season following the losses of both Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk and that will push Neal directly to the forefront. The 6-4 guard was a former Top 100 recruit out of high school and has all the tools to be a multi-year All-Mountain West player.

Scoochie Smith, Dayton: Armed with 20 pounds of extra muscle along with the experience of playing major minutes on a team that advanced to the Elite Eight, Smith will be in the conversation about the best point guards in the Atlantic 10. With Khari Price --- last year's starting floor general --- no longer in the Flyers' program, Dayton is now truly "Scoochie's" team.

Dwayne Polee, San Diego State: Xavier Thames was clearly the Aztecs' alpha dog last season but late in the year, Polee emerged as a quality secondary option. The 6-8 wing averaged 15.0 points during San Diego State's final five games of 13-14 and was a key reason why this team advanced to the Sweet 16. After averaging 8.5 points last season, Polee is due to crack double figures with regularity and could become the Aztecs' go-to guy.

Rich Williams, Manhattan: If there were no jerseys or preconceived notions going into a Jaspers' practice, you'd think Williams was a BCS guard. The 6-5 guard has changed his body since the end of last season and will look to become Manhattan's alpha dog following the losses of Mike Alvarado, George Beamon and Rhamel Brown.

Christian Wood, UNLV: 6-11 sophomore is blessed with gifts from God. In the three games last season where Wood played more than 20 minutes, he averaged 6.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. This is a walking double-double if he plays 25-30 minutes per game.

Chris Perry, South Florida: Orlando Antigua needs a foundation piece to lean on as he builds the Bulls' program and Perry looks to be the guy who fills that void. The 6-8 power forward has a Danny Fortson-like feel to his game and averaged 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20.5 minutes last season as a freshman. Pencil him in for a double-double as a sophomore.

Wes Clark, Missouri: The Tigers have an awful lot to replace in the back court and that means Clark has one heck of an opportunity. The 6-1 point guard "got his feet wet" last year and averaged 20.4 minutes as a freshman but this season he'll be counted on to run Missouri's offense from tip to buzzer during Kim Anderson's first year as head coach in Columbia.

Devin Brooks, Creighton: Harlem native showed flashes of what he was capable of several times last season (16 vs. Saint Joseph's; 23 vs. Arizona State) but now the Bluejays need that type of production on a regular basis. Brooks is a gifted combo guard who can score in a variety of ways but needs to be a known commodity this year for Creighton if Greg McDermott's team is to have a chance to surprise some people in the Big East.

Damian Jones, Vanderbilt: Kevin Stallings has repeatedly said that Jones has the ability to be the best post player that he's ever coached. The 6-10, 240 pound big man already has a pro body and showed flashes of his ability last season by tallying five double-doubles during conference play in the SEC.

D'Andre Wright, Tulsa: Frank Haith has raved about Wright's potential since taking over the Golden Hurricanes' program and if this team is to be a factor in the American Athletic Conference, Wright will be a major reason why. The 6-9 forward has a big-time ceiling and unlimited potential. Wright averaged 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds last season and should have a chance to break into double figures in scoring this season as a junior.

Zach Auguste, Notre Dame: The time is now for Auguste. With Garrick Sherman and Tom Knight no longer in the Irish program, Auguste now steps into the spotlight up front. If Notre Dame is to return to the NCAA Tournament next March, it needs close to a double-double from the 6-10 Auguste, who averaged 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 16.3 minutes last year as a sophomore.

Junior Etou, Rutgers: 6-7 forward changed his body during the off season and looks ready to become a major force over the next few seasons for the Scarlet Knights. The skilled Etou along with Kadeem Jack gives Eddie Jordan a pair of forwards who should be able to match up with just about anyone they face this year in the Big Ten.

Shawn'Dre Jones, Richmond: Several Atlantic 10 coaches believe the Spiders are one of the league's sleeper teams and Jones is a major reason why. The 5-10 guard averaged 10.7 points last season after Richmond lost its top scorer Cedrick Lindsey to injury and now he'll join Kendall Anthony in the Spiders' back court to form an electric tandem on the perimeter.

Hassan Martin, URI: In all of college basketball last season, Martin was one of two freshmen to average nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in conference play. Joel Embiid was the other. The Staten Island native should be one of the better players in the Atlantic 10 for years to come.

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.....at your stylish brown uniforms?
Stylish? Not really. Meaningful? Yes. God forbid someone doesn't wear maroon or blue or black or green. Originality at its finest. I think they'd more be laughing at most non-Calipari (cough) years in Amherst--given the budget and "state flagship" designation.
 

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Stylish? Not really. Meaningful? Yes. God forbid someone doesn't wear maroon or blue or black or green. Originality at its finest. I think they'd more be laughing at most non-Calipari (cough) years in Amherst--given the budget and "state flagship" designation.
We switched to Maroon in 1874. We can't help it if everyone decided to copy us.

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Damn, we need some games to talk about. We've got people around here so out of sorts that they can't even see the full-on awesomeness of brown and white team colors. Worse than I ever imagined.
 

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I don't see why anyone would laugh at Bona's colors. They're fine. This is a really, really dumb devolution.
I didn't start this.... the floor slapping comment did it...
 

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I didn't start this.... the floor slapping comment did it...
I am pretty sure the floor slapping comment was tongue in cheek. You ran with it afterward. My attempt to show it was just humor when I said we would point and laugh but apparently that didnt register with you.
 

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Is floor slapping a sensitive subject? I thought we all agreed that it was ridiculous and thus ripe for wisecracking.
 

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Is floor slapping a sensitive subject? I thought we all agreed that it was ridiculous and thus ripe for wisecracking.
I can definitely see how most would think it's pretty lame. I thought it was ok the first couple of games and the players said they thought it helped get them amped up and it psyched out their opponents, so at the end of the day I didn't really care.

A lot of UMass fans hated the team's alternate grey uniforms, I didn't think they were so bad.

None of that changes how I feel about the SBU unis.
 

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# of seasons in last 16 years UMass has made NCAA Tournament : One
# of seasons in last 16 years UMass players slapped the floor: One

Don't hate the slap. Embrace it's power. Fordham should institute the slap immediately.
 

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can we call them Electric Boogaloo?
so, I'm inside Walgreens this afternoon waiting at the cashier station when I notice they're playing the theme song from this movie (or perhaps it was from the first Breakin' movie).

Coincidence, or do I need to start covering my head with aluminum foil?
 
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