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June 17, 2010
Our search for the next Ashton Gibbs continues today. Only this time, we're looking for the frontcourt version of the Pittsburgh star.
We started this two-day series of players poised for a breakthrough season Wednesday by citing the progress Gibbs made last season. Gibbs made our list of potential breakthrough players last summer, and he responded by emerging as one of the nation's most improved performers as he led Pittsburgh to its ninth consecutive NCAA tournament.
The list we released Wednesday included 12 guards who could follow Gibbs' example by maturing into featured performers after spending their previous season coming off the bench. Today we focus on frontcourt players in similar situations.
Anyone who started half his team's games, averaged 10 points or played as much as 25 minutes per game wasn't eligible for consideration. We also didn't want to include freshmen, transfers or anyone who sat out the 2009-10 season with an injury. This list instead focuses on guys who could enter the spotlight this year after spending much of last season on the bench.
The players are listed alphabetically.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.