7. Kemba Walker (2011)
At the University of Connecticut, guard Kemba Walker went from a rather disappointing five-star recruit over his first two years in Stores, to the nation’s leading scorer and a Consensus First-Team All-American in his junior year.
Leading the nation with 26.7 points per game, Walker was named the winner of the Bob Cousy Award — given to the top point guard in the nation — and led the Huskies to a National Championship in 2011.
Even though he finished second to Jimmer Fredette in the College Basketball Player of the Year award honors, there were many around the country who considered him to be the best player in the nation.