Mid-Major stars you will get to know
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Players that can carry their teams to a win or two:
Tre’Von Willis, UNLV: Former Memphis transfer is an explosive scorer who can also guard at the other end.
Adam Koch, Northern Iowa: The Panthers run a balanced offense, but Koch is a versatile forward who can fill it up.
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State: An extremely underrated freshman, Leonard is averaging nearly a double-double.
Gordon Hayward, Butler: Hayward is a big-time scorer who has unlimited range on the three-point line.
Randy Culpepper, UTEP: The Miners dominated Conference-USA, and the athletic Culpepper is a main reason.
Isacc Miles, Murray State: The Racers are extremely balanced, but Miles is the best all-around player on the team.
Jordan Crawford, Xavier: The former Indiana transfer has been lighting up the scoreboard all season.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU: Fredette is known for his ridiculous scoring exploits, routinely putting up 30-plus.
Ryan Brooks, Temple: Along with Juan Fernandez and Lavoy Allen, Brooks is one of the Atlantic-10’s best players.
Ryan Wittman, Cornell: The Big Red are going to be a popular upset pick, and Wittman could carry them to a win.
Darington Hobson, New Mexico: The Evan Turner of the Mountain West, Hobson can do it all for the Lobos.
Tai Wesley, Utah State: The only thing Wesley doesn’t do his shoot threes; he can score, rebound and distribute well.
Edwin Ubiles, Siena: The Saints have five players who can fit in this category, but Ubiles is the go-to-guy for the offense.
Gerald Lee, Old Dominion: The Monarchs don’t have an explosive offense, but Lee is capable of taking over down low.
Kevin Anderson, Richmond: He and David Gonzalvez form one of the best backcourt tandems in the country.
Omar Samhan, Saint Mary’s: Samhan is one of the best big men in the nation; he is capable of putting up 20 and 10.
Players that will not last more than one round:
Jahmar Young, New Mexico State: The Aggies have a host of explosive scorers, but Young is the go-to-guy late.
Aubrey Coleman, Houston: The nation’s leading scorer has the ability to put the Cougars on his back offensively.
Marquis Blakely, Vermont: Matched-up against Wesley Johnson, Blakely will have a chance to showcase his versatility.
Keith Benson, Oakland: A future pro center, Benson will have a huge edge inside against an undersized Pitt team.
Noah Dahlman, Wofford: Arguably the best player in the Southern Conference, Dahlman is versatile offensively.
Anthony Johnson, Montana: Coming off his 42-point performance in the Big Sky title game, Johnson is hot.
Reggie Holmes, Morgan State: The veteran guard can score in bunches and is also able to contribute elsewhere, too.