This isn’t what you’d call a Golden Age of college basketball that we’re in right here. It’s more like a, um, cubic zirconia age of college basketball.
Still, March Madness is March Madness. For the next three weeks, there will still be crazy upsets, buzzer beaters, cheerleaders, “One Shining Moment”-worthy expressions of elation/disappointment, dancing mascots, thrilling Sweet Sixteen matchups, the cutting down of nets, tears at press conferences and bands playing Survivor. Oh, and brackets. Don’t forget about the brackets.
In other words, it’s still worth stopping what you’re doing and binge-watching—especially on an LG 55” Class LED 4k Ultra HD 240Hz Smart 3D HDTV like the one above. And below are the players most worthy of your attention…
Doug McDermott, Creighton
He’s averaged more than 22 points per game. For the last three seasons. And this is your last chance to see him play in college. Do yourself a favor this month: soak up Dougie McBuckets like a sponge.
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
After a somewhat slow start, the lanky Canadian is starting to play like the phenom everyone expected when he showed up in Lawrence. (See: his 41 points against West Virginia.)
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
When he’s not pushing fans or flopping like a Brazilian midfielder, Smart is one of the best all-around players in the country. His 2.8 steals per game lead the Big 12.
Jabari Parker, Duke
The energetic 6’8” freshman from Chicago will probably be the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. And he’s easily the best Mormon player Duke has ever had.
David Stockton, Gonzaga
OK, so he’s not a big scorer. But he leads the team in assists. And he’s John Stockton’s son. And he did this. Admit it: you’re curious.
Nick Johnson, Arizona
The Wildcats are really, really good. The 6’3” Johnson—the Pac-12 Player of the Year—is one of the main reasons why. He can score, dish and get you a few rebounds.
Ron Baker, Wichita State
Sure, his teammate Cleanthony Early is probably a better player. But Baker, a former walk-on, is the Shockers’ heart and soul. And he averages 13 points per game. Which, appropriately, is a baker’s dozen.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
Wilbekin’s stats aren’t mind-blowing, but he’s the leader of the No. 1-ranked team in college basketball. Also, his tattoos are impressive.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Man, Canada has some ballers. Stauskas, a 6’6” sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario, torched the Big Ten this season (17 points per game, 2.3 threes per game) on his way to being named conference player of the year. Not bad, eh?
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
The 6’6” senior from Toronto—seriously, what is up with all these Canadians?—leads Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones in scoring. And his 48-point explosion against TCU was the most ever in the Big 12. Granted, TCU is awful, but still.