The Best Players To Look Out For During March Madness
posted Mar 09 2018, 04:53PM
story by Lee Harvey
posted in NCAAB, Analysis

Who's your favorite player going into the NCAA Tournament?

At this time of the year, us basketball junkies are looking forward to March Madness. Upsets, cinderellas, amazing comebacks/performances & them eye-opening buzzer beaters. But I wanna focus on the star players that could lead their team further than expected, a Final Four or National Championship.

Duke PF Marvin Bagley III - 6'11" 234 pound Freshman who was the #1 player coming out of high school last season & I'd say he's lived up to that hype. Averaging 21.1 points & 11.5 rebounds on 60.% shooting from the field, most of his shots are in the painted area where he's shown to be a great force on the low block. Marvin also has four 30-point & 15+ rebound games, leading the nation in that category.

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But there is some who in a way think the dominant lefty is overrated/selfish. ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich turned out to be one of those critics:

"I know this is blasphemy....but Bagley is all about Bagley. I mean honest to goodness, I can see in 18 minutes why Duke was able to go on a run when he was hurt. You hate to say that about a kid, but he is about himself. He gets the ball, it doesn't come out. He doesn't play defense. He's a terrific talent, don't get me wrong. But you can see real clear, real fast, & I'll take all the shots that people want to give me but you can see he is about himself."

To say that about a 20-year kid is completely unfair, he's gonna head straight to the NBA no matter what happens in the tournament. A for sure top 5 or top 10 pick, he'll have plenty of time to grow & improve other parts of his game when he makes it to the next level. When you're a 1-on-1 matchup nightmare in the paint like Bagley is, you don't need/have to pass it out unless you're double or triple covered. It's not Bagley's job to average 5-7 assists a game, that's either Tre Duval or Grayson Allen's job to do that. But with that being said, this Duke team is 1 out of 9-10 teams that can win it all & Bagley will be the reason why if that happens.

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Michigan State SF Miles Bridges : 6'7" 225 pound Sophomore who decided to come back for a 2nd season in East Lansing after most thought he was a 1 & done, averaging 17 points & 8 rebounds a game during his Freshman season. He's averaging 17 points & 7 rebounds this season. The lefty from Flint, Michigan is not only freakishly athletic but he also has a decent jumpshot shooting over 45% in his career & improved his FT shooting tremendously from 68.5% last season to 88.3% this year. Miles has 10 20-point games this season, equaling his total from including a couple of 30-point games & just like Bagley his team has what it takes to win it all too. If Michigan State wins it all, Miles Bridges will have to be the guy to lead them to their 1st National Championship since 2000.

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Kentucky SF Kevin Knox : John Calipari has had a lot of 1st round picks come through his program at Kentucky. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns & Anthony Davis. I think that next guy up is Kevin Knox who's averaging 15.6 points on 44.4% shooting, 34.1% from 3, 77.2% from the FT line & 5.3 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game during his Freshman season

Lee Harvey
25 years old. Big fan of Ohio State football, Cavs/Celtics basketball & Cleveland Indians baseball. Looking forward to start a new journey in writin...

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