|OK State freshman Marcus Smart was a prep All-American and now he's No. 1 in our watch (Getty Images)|
By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish
We're not even two weeks into the season, so this list is obviously somewhat premature. However, we're going to do it anyways. Here's the first edition of the CBSSports.com Player of the Year watch.
A freshman tops the list, but it's not UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad -- or one of Kentucky's talented frosh, either. Cody Zeller and Doug McDermott entered the season as the favorites for the award, but Zeller put up a dud against Georgia and McDermott has been efficient, but has yet to erupt on the offensive end.
Last year it was a two-man race between Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson, but this year it should be interesting with plenty of guys able to get in the equation.