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New players emerge as Mr. Basketball candidates

Updated: January 13, 2009, 12:48 PM ET
By Ronnie Flores | ESPNRISE.com

Entering the 2008-09 season, many of the top-rated players in the ESPNU 100 were also deemed top player-of-the-year candidates by ESPN RISE's panel of nine respected prep basketball journalists, recruiting experts and fans.

The results of the preseason player-of-the-year tracker revealed that Derrick Favors (South Atlanta) was the leading candidate for ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball USA honors, which made sense, since the 6-foot-9 power forward was last year's top returning vote-getter.

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