The NCAA Tournament has finally arrived once again. March Madness seems like a three-week holiday for college basketball fans. Fans create and rip up their brackets hoping to win bets and/or bragging rights to pick the winning teams. This tournament is heating up to be one of the most interesting NCAA Tournaments in years. There isn’t a team that’s a clear cut favorite for this year’s National Championship. This tournament season is a huge toss-up between various teams.
But, some players are going to have their one shining moment that will either win their teams a game or ultimately might deliver their school the National title. Most of them are trying to go out on top before they head to the NBA. But, one player everyone was looking forward to see isn’t playing in the postseason because his school declined. That player is Ben Simmons of LSU. LSU declined any postseason play this year so Simmons has elected to enter the NBA Draft. There are many players to watch for in this tournament but there can only be four. Here the players you fans should be watching out for in the NCAA Tournament.
Denzel Valentine, Senior, Guard, Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans basketball program has a great reputation of developing great guards. And, Denzel Valentine is no exception here. Last year, he wasn’t selection for the All-Big Ten first or second team. But, he has had a tremendous year for Michigan State. Valentine has averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists this season; he’s been almost a walking triple-double. Plus, he is shooting 42-percent from three. He has the potential of being a first-round NBA pick.
Tyler Ulis, Sophomore, Guard, Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcats sophomore guard had a great season for head coach John Calpari. Ulis is averaging 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Here’s the most ironic thing: Ulis isn’t even in the starting lineup. He is one of the returning players from the 2014-15 team. Ulis also shoots 41-percent from three, and with one more year at Kentucky; he can truly flourish as a full-time starter.
Georges Niang, Senior, Forward, Iowa State Cyclones
Niang is probably one of the most underrated college basketball players in the tournament. He is 6’8” and is a monster in the paint, but he can still hurt teams with his outside game. The senior forward is averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. He could be a steal for a team looking for a big in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Nigel Hayes, Junior, Forward, Wisconsin Badgers
Hayes has vastly improved since last season. He has added the perimeter shot to his game. Also, he has greatly improved from the free throw line. Hayes is averging 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He can have few big game for the Badgers in the tourney.