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The 68 best players in the NCAA Tournament

Published on March 14, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Who are the best players in the NCAA tournament? Find out below as I ranked the best players 1-68.

1. Anthony Davis (Kentucky) – Davis will be the Player, Freshman, and Defensive Player of the Year.

2. Thomas Robinson (Kansas) – Robinson is the most dominate low post scorer in the country. He is also probably the strongest too. He would have my vote for Player of the Year.

3. Draymond Green (Michigan State) -Green is a big man who can do it all. He leads the Spartans is Points, rebounds, blocks and steals. Also a very good passer and capable three point shooter.

4. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) - Sullinger is hot now, in his last three games he has scored 30, 24, and 18 points.

5. Tyler Zeller (North Carolina) – After a slow start Zeller picked it up during conference play and was named the ACC Player of the Year. Zeller has the best jump hook in college basketball.

6. Doug McDermott (Creighton) - McDermott is the nation’s third leading scorer. He is also a very good three point shooter and rebounder.

7. Kevin Jones (West Virginia) - If West Virginia had a better record Jones would have been the Big East Player of the Year.

8. Jae Crowder (Marquette) – The Big East Player of the Year. Crowder is maybe one of the most underrated players in the country; he needs more publicity.

9. Harrison Barnes (North Carolina) - Barnes has been more aggressive this season attacking the rim, and he is shooting the three better. Need a shot late to win, put money on Barnes to make it.

10. John Jenkins (Vanderbilt) - Jenkins is the best three point shooter in the nation. Jenkins is making 3.9 threes per game while shooting 46 % from three.

11. Michael Kidd- Gilchrist (Kentucky)- The 2nd best freshman behind Davis.

12. Mike Scott (Virginia)- Finished 2nd in the ACC Player of the Year Voting.

13. Marcus Denmon (Missouri) -One of the best shooting guards in the country. He is making 2.8 threes per game.

14. John Henson (North Carolina) - If he is healthy he is the 2nd best defender in college basketball. Henson improved his all-around offensive game.

15. Jeremy Lamb (UConn)- Lamb knows how to rise up his game in March he did it last season in UConn’s run to the title.

16. Will Barton (Memphis)- – Barton is averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists; not bad.

17. Darius Johnson Odom (Marquette) – Like his teammate Odom, he is really underrated nationally. He is averaging 18.5 points per game.

18. Cody Zeller (Indiana)- – Zeller is what Indiana has been lacking: a dominant low post scorer.

19. Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) – Taylor is averaging about 17 points and 5 assists per game not bad. He is also shooting a lot better from three.

20. J’Covan Brown (Texas)- Brown knows how to score. He is the leading a very young team with 20 points per game.

21. Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) – Marshall is one of the best passing point guards to play in college basketball in a long time. Marshall set the record for most assists in the ACC for one season.

22. Robbie Hummel (Purdue) – Good for Hummel he has bounced back and had a great season after coming back from 2 ACL’s injuries.

23. William Buford (Ohio State)- Buford is one of the most underrated shooting guards in the country. For the season he is averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.

24. Royce White (Iowa State)- White leads his team in points, rebounding, assists, steals, and blocks.

25. Casper Ware (Long Beach State)- – Every team in this bracket should be aware of Ware. He scored 38 points in a game this season and he scored 29 at North Carolina.

26. Michael Snaer (Florida State)- Snaer, a former McDonalds’ All American is playing like one in his senior year. If the game is on the line I want Snaer taking the last shot.

27. Mike Moser (UNLV) – 10th leading rebounder in the country and he can score.

28. Drew Gordon (New Mexico )- The UCLA transfer is a force down low. He is a double double machine.

29. Austin Rivers (Duke)- He has improved his all-around game this season. One of the best players at attacking the rim.

30. Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)-The leader of the one loss Racer team. Canaan is lights out from three shooting 47%.

31. Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt) -Taylor was the second leading scorer in the SEC behind Jenkins.

32. Matthew Dellavedova (St. Marys) – The Australian point guard is having another standout season. This guy needs more publicity.

33. Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure) - Nicholson is coming of a 70 points and 30 rebounds performance in the A-10 Tournament. He is likely a 1st round pick.

34. Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)- – Averaging 21 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, not bad.

35. Rodney McGruder (Kansas State) – McGruder is a versatile guard, who is averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds.

36. Kris Joseph (Syracuse) - I had to put a Syracuse player on here after all they only have 2 losses on the season. Joseph is the best player on the deepest team in the country.

37. CJ McCollum (Leigh)-Yes, McCollum is a NBA prospect that plays at Lehigh

38. JaMychal Green (Alabama)- Despite being suspended for a couple games Green is still one of the best frontcourt players out there.

39. Wendell McKines (New Mexico State) –If you haven’t heard of him you should. Despite only being 6’6’ he is averaging a double double. Machado leads the nation in assists with 9.9 per game.

40. Scott Machado (Iona)-Machado leads the nation in assists with 9.9 per game.

41. Perry Jones III (Baylor)

42. Brad Beal (Florida)

43. Trey Burke (Michigan)

44. Kenny Boynton (Florida)

45. Tu Holloway (Xavier)

46. Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)

47. Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)

48. Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)

49. Terrence Jones (Kentucky)

50. Jason Clark (Georgetown)

51. Henry Sims (Georgetown)

52. C.J. Lesile (NC State)

53. Ray McCallum (Detroit)

54. Ramone Moore (Temple)

55. Kim English (Missouri)

56. Khalif Wyatt (Temple)

57. Doron Lamb (Kentucky)

58. Darryl Bryant (West Virginia)

59. Dion Waiters (Syracuse)

60. Garret Stutz (Wichita State)

61. Tim Hardaway (Michigan)

62. Lorenzo Brown (NC State)

63. Ellis Harris (Gonzaga)

64. Rob Jones (St. Mary’s)

65. Kerron Johnson (Belmont)

66. DJ Cooper (Ohio)

67. Jake Cohen (Davidson)

68. Aaron Craft (Ohio State)

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