The one and done culture in college basketball has deprived college basketball of a lot of star power over the years, and this season it seems like there are fewer elite players to watch during the NCAA tournament. With the best players in college basketball putting in their required year and moving on, the sport has seen more parity. With the top 5 being a revolving door all season, and Gonzaga of all teams ended the year ranked #1 in the country it’s no wonder so many teams have a legitimate shot at a title. With Kentucky winning it all last year, and subsequently their entire starting unit going pro they didn’t even make the tournament field this year.
If you remember the Florida Gator back to back championship teams from several years ago they had memorable players who you made a point to follow the entire year, or at least by tournament time their names were well known. The lack of “star” power is likely due to the lack of dominant teams in college basketball this year, Indiana was everyone’s favorite team to crown this year, but they kept losing. Duke was good one again this year, but they lost in blowout fashion to Miami this year although they were able to avenge that loss later in the season. No teams distanced themselves from any other this year.
Here are a few players to watch during the tournament, and let’s see if any of the names are familiar.
Guard, Ohio State
Guard, Miami (Fla.)
|Otto Porter Jr.
If you follow college basketball that’s an impressive list of players, but the truth is only have of the players listed up there are locks to be certified NBA first round picks. The players on that list are good, but most of them aren’t household names like some players we have seen in past NCAA tournaments. Many of these players are names the public has come to know watching March Madness through the years, which means most of them have played college basketball for multiple seasons.
There doesn’t seem to be many freshman phenoms in the tournament this year as compared to other years, many were hoping to see Nerlens Noel play in the tournament. Well a late season knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, and names like Shabazz Muhammad are only know due to controversy. People will still watch 2013 NCAA tournament, and there will be upset and exciting finishes, but maybe when it’s all over the lack of star power will have proven to be a good thing.