At 6 feet 8, 235 pounds, Fitzgerald, a senior power forward who played at Owings Mills as a junior, is one of Oklahoma's steadiest performers. After averaging 12.6 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore, Fitzgerald put up 12.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior.
No. 7: Damion Lee, Drexel
Lee averaged 12 points and 4.4 rebounds as a freshman, playing crunch-time minutes for a 29-win team. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard from Calvert Hall was a factor on the Dragons' roster from the very beginning of the 2011-12 season, and a relatively clear-cut choice as the Colonial Athletic Association's Rookie of the Year.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior was DePaul's second-leading scorer at 14.5 points per game and top assist man with a 4.7 average during his sophomore season. Young, a Randallstown native and Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) grad, shot 42.3 percent from the field and averaged 1.6 steals as the Blue Demons' starting point guard.
No. 5: Devon Saddler, Delaware
Saddler, the reigning CAA Rookie of the Year, faced double-teams and more physical treatment off the ball as a sophomore. But the Aberdeen grad still put up 18.8 points per game, shooting 39 percent from the field. Saddler was the CAA's second-leading scorer and ranked 27th among all Division I players.
No. 4: Nick Faust, Maryland
A natural wing, Faust started nine games for the Terps at the point after Pe'Shon Howard tore his ACL. The former City star averaged 13.4 points and shot 45 percent from the field playing the 1. On the season, he averaged 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 27 minutes per game.
No. 3: Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Atkins, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound junior, went from a part-time player as a freshman with modest statistical averages (5.8 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds) to one of the Big East's steadiest point guards. The Mount St. Joseph grad finished his sophomore season with averages of 12.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds. He shot 39.4 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from 3-point range.
No. 2: C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Fair, who graduated from Brewster (N.H.) Academy after three years at City, appeared in all 37 of the Orange's games as a sophomore, starting nine. But despite coming off the bench, Fair averaged the second-most minutes (26.4) on the team and was the Orange's fifth-leading scorer (8.5 points) and second-leading rebounder (5.4 rebounds).
No. 1: Cleveland Melvin, DePaul
Melvin probably snuck up on more than a few teams during a 2010-11 season in which he was named Big East Rookie of the Year. But there was no element of surprise last season, when the Lake Clifton grad put up 17.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Blue Demons.
"I always wanted, ever since I was young, to be in the position I'm in now," Melvin said. "All I knew was just to work hard and stay out of trouble in Baltimore, because my mom, she [brought] me in to playing basketball. And ever since then, I've just been growing and growing."