Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart kept the Tisdale Award local last season, winning the honor for the nation's top freshman.
Who are the early, early leaders for the Oklahoma City-based award entering the 2013-14 campaign?
Here's a look at six candidates drawing preseason buzz:
Andrew Wiggins, 6-8, G, Kansas
He hasn't played a college game and already we know him well, as a frequent magazine cover boy linked to the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
F Julius Randle, 6-9, F, Kentucky
Wiggins was the nation's No. 1 recruit, but Randle was right there, too. He's the headliner in what is being billed as the best recruiting class — ever.
Jabari Parker, 6-8, F, Duke
A highly intelligent player — it's Duke, after all — Parker could develop into the next centerpiece for another Blue Devils run.
Joel Embiid, 7-0, C, Kansas
A bit raw as a late-bloomer, Embiid will benefit by not having to be the star immediately. And with few quality big men in play, he could dominate.
James Young, 6-6, G, Kentucky
Overshadowed by Randle — and others in UK's recruiting class — he's been the star in early Wildcats' early practices.
Aaron Gordon, 6-9, F, Arizona
He was the MVP on the U.S. Under-19 team that won the gold medal this summer in the Czech Republic — a team that also featured Smart.