It's the single greatest creation in American sports: 68 college basketball teams duking it out across the country to determine a National Champion. From face-painting freshmen to the guy in the office who makes pool picks based on team colors, everyone gets involved in March Madness. But not everyone wants to pore over a season worth of game footage to figure out what games and which players are worth watching. A little catch up may be in order.
With so many schools, sorting through the potential stars can be tough. There are the NBA Lottery guys the draftniks will be watching, the college heroes looking to move their programs forward, and all those hard working guards. It's a lot to figure out. That's why we put together the definitive list of must-see talent.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Last summer, Smart could have turned pro and been a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft. Instead, he decided to come back to Stillwater. It hasn't been a smooth ride. Smart's play has been inconsistent, and he made national headlines for striking an obnoxious fan (who probably had it coming) during a game against Texas Tech. Still, the ultra-talented, 6'4" Smart is as driven a player as you'll see in college hoops, and among the easiest to root for. A great tourney run could restore any lost luster as he heads next season to the NBA. We think.
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