Marcus Fuller’s starting five


Guard: Dennis Smith Jr. • N.C. State

Knee injuries wiped away his senior season in high school, but this explosive freshman is ready to show why he can be the nation’s top point guard prospect.


Guard: Grayson Allen • Duke

Allen, a 6-5 junior, is the preseason favorite to win national player of the year, because he’s likely to be the leading scorer for the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils.


Forward: Miles Bridges • Mich. St.


No player in college basketball will provide more highlights than Bridges (check YouTube). But the 6-7, 230-pound freshman is not just a dunker.


Forward: Nigel Hayes • Wisconsin


Speaking out against perceived injustices grabbed headlines for Hayes this offseason. But the Big Ten preseason player of the year could lead the Badgers back to the Final Four.


Center: Chris Boucher • Oregon


Shoots three-pointers. Blocks shots. The 6-11 Canadian brings a rare combination of skills. He’s one of the big reasons the Ducks reached the Elite Eight last season.