This March Madness offered possibly the best array of talented players in years
March Madness 2015 is over and we were given quite a performance. Many of these 64 teams had incredible amounts of talent to get them to where they are. Often these teams would be dependent on their talented players. This is what separated the good teams from the great ones. And then there are some University programs that have an overabundance of talent. Those are the ones that tend to make U.S. gambling news.
• Jalil Okafor could is set to be a number 1 NBA draft pick
• Frank Kaminsky won Naismath College Player of the Year award
• Sam Dekker was the most productive player for Wisconsin
The top college basketball programs easily attract the most talent. But often those equipped with less resources are able to sway some talent from larger institutions. Some players would rather be the top player on a squad than to 5th or 6th. Let’s look at the some of the players that made this NCAA tournament the most memorable in a while.
Three players to that made it happen.
Sam Dekker was the man for Wisconsin. The 6 foot 10 forward has plenty of skills. His problems trying to make plays from the perimeter during the regular season made many took their eyes of him. But a different player emerged out of the postseason, often taking over the team and making incredible shots. Going from a 30% three-point shooter to 50% during the tournament, some question if Dekker will stay with Kentucky or go pro.
Justice Winslow was a machine for Duke University. Although he wasn’t the only talent on the talent-laden Duke squad, but his efforts during the tournament were unmatched. The forwards averages 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 blocks in the six games of the tournament. Winslow has been called quick and explosive who was able to seal the Blue Devil victory with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Jakob Poetl, is a 7-footer for University of Utah. His match up with the highly-billed Jahil Okafor in the Sweet 16 earned peoples’ attention. Duke inevitably won, but Okafor was held to only 6 points which was the lowest of the season to the dismay of punters involved in online sportsbooks. Jakob has been always able to be in the right position and tends to constantly improve. The big man at his current pace may have a decent NBA career after all.
Four more players for the record.
R.J. Hunter is a shooting guard who often isn’t particularly impressive. Making only 30.5% from three-point range, Hunter was instrumental in the surprising upset of Baylor in the first round of the tournament. When Georgia State was down by 12 with 3 minutes left to go, Hunter fired off 12 out of 13 of the teams points to seal their victory. Hunter was able to find every way to score that he could which may make him a dangerous NBA prospect in the future.
Karl-Anthony Towns is University of Kentucky’s big men. At 6 foot 11 inches and 250 pounds, Towns is potent 19-year old. Often considered the most gifted among his talented group of wildcats, Towns can play considerably well without overdoing it. “He’s so good he doesn’t have to do crazy stuff,” said Kentucky coach Calipari. It is rumored that the New York Knicks are currently eyeing this freshman.
Jalil Okafor is the “it” player of the year. The ACC player of the year has been on everybody’s mind all season. Many believe he could easily get the coveted first-round NBA draft pick this summer. The 6 foot 11 inch center averaged 17.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this season. His shooting went up during the tournament, but not his rebounding. Okafor is the one expected most to make NBA historical fact, yet he’s still only a freshman.
Frank Kaminsky won the Naismath College Player of the Year Award. This man has been spoken about more than just about anyone this tournament. The 7-footer averaged 18.7 points and 8.1 rebounds during the regular season. “Frank the Tank” upped his numbers in the tournament with 22.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was able to move well, make plays, give accurate passes and shoot from 3-point land.