The 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament is almost set to begin. Here we take a look at the top 4 players to watch during March Madness from each region
The most exciting month in college sports is just around the corner. A number of talented players will be taking part from all over the country. How many could go on to make in impact in the NBA? In this article we take a look at some players you need to keep an eye on during March Madness.
West Region: Jonathan Isaac
Florida State’s most exciting young player is without a doubt Freshman Jonathan Isaac. The 19 year old 6 foot 11 inch forward is tremendously athletic for his size, and plays at his best when he’s being assertive. He’s already leading the Seminole’s in shooting percentage, and is currently ranked 7th out of all NCAA first year players.
There are some rumblings about Isaac possibly being drafted to the Mavericks. He would certainly make a good addition to that team, but for now he’s one of the top players to watch during 2017 March Madness. When Isaac is at his best, the Seminole’s are a tough team to beat. Perhaps because of his ability, they are inching towards the top of the NCAAB Championship betting odds to win at 34.00, according to Intertops.
Midwest Region: Monte Morris
2017 March Madness Betting Odds
- North Carolina: 7.50
- Kansas: 8.50
- Gonzaga: 9.00
- Villanova: 9.00
- Duke: 11.00
Iowa State is beginning to emerge as a March Madness betting dark horse, and much of that can be attributed to the tremendous talent of Monte Morris. He has truly come into his own during the 2016/17 season, most recently making US gambling news by helping Iowa State win the 2017 Big 12 Conference.
Morris’ skill is not going unnoticed. Even longtime analyst Doug Gottlieb praised the 21 year olds ability, tweeting, “Monte Morris has had the best career as a point guard in the history of the @Big12Conference.” He may be right, and as of now this young star is one of the most exciting players to watch during 2017 March Madness. Want to bet on Iowa State getting another major win? They have some tremendous odds to cash out at 67.00.
South Region: Lonzo Ball
You can’t make a list of exciting college basketball players without mentioned Lonzo Ball. Many basketball betting experts actually feel he’s the best player in the NCAAB right now, and after looking at his statistics that’s hard to argue.
Ball has managed to transform the culture of UCLA basketball into a more team-oriented atmosphere. He’s quite possibly the most skilled passer, and taught us this season that his shooting ability is elite. He’s hitting 41% of his 3-pointers at the moment with 5.4 attempts per game. It seems a foregone conclusion that Lonzo Ball going to the NBA will happen. Now we’ll just have to see how her performs during March Madness. At the moment, Intertops lists UCLA’s odds to win the NCAAB Championship at 13.00.
East Region: Luke Kennard
Despite entering into Duke as the team’s fifth option, Kennard has risen to become one of the top players to watch during 2017 March Madness. This young player is currently averaging 20.1 points per game on 50% shooting.
Duke may be the best team in 2017 college basketball at the moment, and Kennard is a massive reason for that. Most online sportsbooks in the US now list Duke as a huge betting favorite to win with odds of 11.00.
Who do you feel are some of the top players to watch during 2017 March Madness? Where would you like to see the players we listed go next year? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, and make sure to check out Intertops for a full list of the best 2017 March Madness betting odds.