Although much of the attention concerning the upcoming NCAA Tournament surrounds the favorites and brackets selections, a whole new breed of stars will undoubtedly be born during the competition, with March Madness notorious for producing some of the biggest shots and standout performances, with NBA scouts keeping an eye on the teenagers whose lives will potentially change forever this month.
Although a whole host of All-American candidates have been talked about in great detail in the build up to the tournament, with the likes of Luke Kennard, Josh Hart, Frank Mason and standout freshman Lonzo Ball being backed to star on the biggest stage, a group of players are ready to surprise the country, and potentially push their teams to famous wins.
With the Kentucky Wildcats being the fifth favourites for the title with bookmakers Betway, with odds of 9/1 for the tournament starting on the 14th March, power forward Bam Adebayo is looking to shine, despite having been in the shadow of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk for the majority of the season. The 19-year-old has been backed as a first-round pick, despite having recently been involved in a car accident with team mate Fox.
Despite being the rank outsiders for the tournament, with odds of 250/1 at Betway, Wake Forest have a potential rough diamond among their roster in the form of John Collins. The forward has starred for Danny Manning’s team ever since scoring 16 points and six rebounds on debut against Notre Dame back in the start of 2016, as the 6ft 10” former Cardinal Newman High School man looks to help his team cause an upset during March Madness.
Elsewhere, Jawun Evans is a player that can star despite being on a team lacking in consistency this season. The point guard has all the attributes to impress watching scouts, with the 20-year-old having caused many teams a problem throughout the campaign. Despite the Cowboys coming in as 10th seeds, Evans could well fire them to the Sweet 16, with Betway offering Brad Underwood’s men odds of 150/1 for the NCAA title.
Finally, Jock Landale is undoubtedly one of the most underrates players in the country, having averaged 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for Saint Mary’s, with the junior scoring a career high of 33 points in a win over the BYU Cougars. The Australian center will be hoping to help his team knock off Arizona in the second round, with the 21-year-old’s commodity set to rise throughout the tournament.