10 players to watch in this year's NCAA tournament
So you've got your bracket filled out, but now what? With so many games and so little time, who are the must-see players of 2014? From freshman standout Andrew Wiggins to senior Doug McDermott, the NCAA's fifth-most prolific scorer, keep an eye on these stars during March Madness.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas, Fresh.
The South Region includes Wiggins, considered a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft should he leave school after his freshman season, so he's worth watching. -- Scott Carter, FOX Sports Florida
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Gary Harris, G, Michigan State, Soph.
The Spartans have plenty of weapons, but Harris is the most dangerous. He can create his own shots and get to the basket, plus he leads the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and made three-pointers (72). -- Cory McCartney, FOX Sports South
Scottie Wilbekin, PG, Florida, Sr.
While he doesn't receive as much attention as Wiggins, Wilbekin has turned into perhaps the finest collegiate point guard in America. He is an excellent on-ball defender and showed off his 3-point shooting in Florida's run to the SEC tournament title. -- Scott Carter, FOX Sports Florida
Melvin Ejim, F, Iowa State, Sr.
Like Harris, Ejim stands out on a talented roster. The Big 12 Player of the Year averages 18.1 points and 8.5 boards and scored a conference-record 48 points against TCU. -- Cory McCartney, FOX Sports South
Doug McDermott, F, Creighton, Sr.
McDermott passed Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird on the NCAA's all-time scoring list and now ranks fifth with 3,105 points. With 27 points in the Big East final loss to Providence, McDermott set an NCAA record with his 133rd double-figure scoring game. -- Jack Magruder, FOX Sports Arizona
Sim Bhullar, C, New Mexico State, Soph.
At 7-foot-5, the Aggies center is the tallest player on the tallest team in the country. -- Jack Magruder, FOX Sports Arizona
Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State, Soph.
Smart may regret returning to school this year after a sobering season, but his NBA skill set remains. -- Jack Magruder, FOX Sports Arizona
Fred VanVleet, G, Wichita State, Soph.
Chances are, the cats in your office pool weren't talking about the Shockers' point guard much before St. Patrick's Day. We'll bet you a Guinness they'll be talking about him afterward. A lot. VanVleet has averaged 12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.3 apg for 34-0 Wichita State. -- Sean Keeler, FOX Sports Kansas City
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Russ Smith, G, Louisville, Sr.
The NCAA tournament selection committee may have overlooked Louisville as far as seeding, but don't make the mistake of not watching Smith, who averages 18.3 points per game this season for the AAC regular-season and tournament champions.
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Jabari Parker, F, Duke, Fresh.
Want to know why so many NBA teams are getting accused of "tanking" this winter? He's why. The 6-foot-8 forward averages 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Blue Devils this season. -- Sean Keeler, FOX Sports Kansas City