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Detroit – Here are five players to watch during the Horizon League tournament, which gets underway Friday at Little Caesars Arena and continues through Tuesday's championship game.

GRANT BENZINGER, WRIGHT STATE

A 6-foot-3 guard from Cincinnati, he'll be the key for Wright State – which has made the tournament finals three of the last five years, but hasn't won the championship since 2007. He's averaging a team-best 14.6 points.

DREW McDONALD, NORTHERN KENTUCKY

He's a load, at 6-7 and 250 pounds, and could play for any of the blue bloods in home state, but the Cold Spring, Ky., native chose Northern Kentucky, and led it to the title a year ago. He's averaging 16.7 points and 9.4 rebounds.

CAMERON MORSE, YOUNGSTOWN STATE

It's another homecoming for the 6-3 senior guard from Flint, who put on a show in last year's tourney, scoring 34 in the upset over Oakland, then 28 against Northern Kentucky. His output is down (15.5 points per game), but he's still a threat.

KENDRICK NUNN, OAKLAND

He sure has made the most of his one season at Oakland, the 6-3 guard from Chicago averaging 26.4 points – second in the nation. He's becoming increasingly relied upon as one Golden Grizzlies player after another has been lost to injury.

COREY ALLEN, DETROIT MERCY

The 6-3 guard from Ypsilanti was freshman of the year last season and, while he didn't take a huge step (14.3 ppg, compared to 14.4 a year ago), if Detroit Mercy is going to find some sunshine at the end of a rough season, it'll be his doing.

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