The first day of March Madness did not disappoint. From start to finish, the college basketball had the world entertained, but many may have been disappointed because of their bracket being busted.
This is the time of the year where winning is critical, but also a time where you make a name for yourself. If you are an under-the-radar type of player then the NCAA Tournament is your type of setting. Players from smaller Division I institutions have a chance to display their skills on a national stage. This is where those talents become more attractive and gains an approved stamp, at the Big Dance.
Although he has been talked about on a national scale for majority of the year, you could consider Ja Morant one of the under-the-radar talents in the tourney. Consider him that because yesterday was the first time many got to see him play, but all it took was one game for Morant to let the world know, he is legit. Not only did Morant lead his team to an upset victory over Marquette, but he recorded 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds. This was the first triple-double in the NCAA Tournament since 2012. He’s already been considered a top three pick, but don’t be surprised if he goes number one or two in the upcoming draft.
Another player who stood out was NBA prospect Fletcher Magee of Wofford. Magee helped lead Wofford to a convincing win over Seton Hall with 24 points (7-12 from 3). Many didn’t know about Magee coming in the tournament, but he’s a guy you want to watch on Saturday. He’s ability to create a shot for himself gives him a legitimate league shot. The NBA has transformed into a league where shooting the three is more common than ever and Magee is one teams should consider drafting in the early second round.
Although the Belmont Bruins came up short in their game against Maryland yesterday, Dylan Windler is another player that stood out in the first round. Windler, who made a name for himself yesterday is another guy we should see moving up in the mock drafts. His size and ability on the court makes him a solid candidate for a late first round to early second round pick. At 6’8, he’s ability to get his shots off quickly and over the defender, which will make him very beneficial for a team.
*Click the players name to watch their highlights from last night.