Every year, there are players that are perhaps the center of their teams and flourish in the face of adversity. That said, these are 25 players that deserve your attention during this year’s NCAA tournament because let’s be honest, they are a big deal. So while you watch the NCAA tournament, make sure you’re paying attention to these 25 names.
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25. Montrezl Harrell
Harrell’s athletic 6-8 frame has the potential to be a force in the tourney. Throughout the season he has blossomed into a superior athlete and bonified defensive force. The leader on the defensive end for the Cards, you can bet he will be the difference maker for the team.
24. T.J. Warren
The ACC’s leading scorer is riding off a spectacular ACC tournament and besides being the leading scorer, his efficiency is not that bad, either. Potentially a Cinderella team, N.C. State will look to Warren to lead them through the tournament.
23. DeAndre Kane
Kane might be the nation’s most versatile player… and yet most of the people reading this probably haven’t seen much of him. During his first season with Iowa State, Kane averaged 17 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He’s a big, physical guard at 6-4 and 200 pounds and heads one of the most explosive offenses you’ll see this weekend. The Cyclones are a trendy Final Four pick and Kane is one of the biggest reasons why.
22. Sam Dekker
Sam Decker is a potential NBA prospect who can shoot the three or drive to the hoop. His versatility makes him a tough person to guard but his willingness to get his team involved makes him that much better.
21. Sim Bhullar
Possibly the hidden gem of the NCAA tournament, the 7-5 (you read right) Sim Bhullar is playing his best basketball going into the tournament. He has the ability to put his massive frame to work and possibly be the biggest force in the tournament this year, not to mention, he is averaging a mere 3.3 blocks a game. Look out for the big fella–he has the ability to beast his way through the tournament.