Most improved players taking over the spotlight

Originally Published: January 31, 2008
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Knee injuries. Life-threatening illness. Off-court problems. Infrequent opportunities to get on the court.

There are myriad reasons many of college basketball's most improved players didn't produce in the past.

Pittsburgh's Sam Young was bothered by tendinitis in each of his knees last season, leaving the Panthers forward unable to do what he does best: seemingly jump out of the gym. Before Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku shattered a backboard at Midnight Madness ...

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