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.
Xavier Thames, San Diego State
For a team working on its fifth straight tourney berth, the Aztecs don't get a whole lot of national love. Neither does Thames, but he's a classic Steady Eddie, producing reliable scoring for a team without other consistent sources of points. Few players have as much responsibility for a team's fortunes or handle them as successfully. And not just with buckets. Thames distributes, doesn't turn the ball over, and Ds up.
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