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4 breakout veterans, 4 mid-major Cinderellas, 4 other things

One assistant coach said Brandon Clarke is more valuable to Gonzaga than star Rui Hachimura. William Mancebo/Getty Images

The biggest story in college basketball this season, at least for individual players, is no surprise: freshman Zion Williamson, with freshman RJ Barrett close behind him. And as far as team storylines go, it's Duke and its four first-round freshmen leading the way. But all told, the number of elite freshmen isn't quite what it has been the past few years. Some newcomers have struggled, and others have been inconsistent.

As a result, most of this year's All-America teams are going to be filled with veterans. Some were already established, like Wisconsin's Ethan Happ or Tennessee's Grant Williams.

Others are some of this season's biggest breakout stars.