Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
Casual fans may have missed the Shockers’ undefeated regular season, perhaps because they lack any NBA-projected talent. The keys: incredible D and guys like VanVleet, who earned Player of the Year honors in the Missouri Valley Conference. Last season, Wichita State launched a thousand punny headlines by shocking America with a run to the Final Four. This year, they’re a likely 1-seed, but VanVleet, along with fellow below-the-radar standouts Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker, still has that little school chip on his shoulder.
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