Going back to the good old early days of March Madness, the basketball people got to see Stephen Curry’s magic way before how he managed to carry Davidson to the Final Four in 2008.
Similarly, the NCAA tournament over the years has been regarded as the budding place for NBA MVP and also Hall of Famers. The American sports audience gets to meet the star players without them being in the spotlight and every year the list continues to fill up with amazing sportsmen who impress everyone on and off the field later.
Continuing with the trend, we have listed down three players that have a great chance of being on the list of Stars of March Madness 2021.
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1. Max Abmas, Oral Roberts
Did you get the chance to see how Abmas made Division I scorers top with 24.2 points per game? While that alone truly showcased his potential of doing upsets, Abmas continued his amazing run with a 6-1 sophomore, 37.3 points per game in four games that he played in February, and also how he took down four 3-pointers for exactly 13 times in the current year.
He has also impressed everyone by shooting 43.3 percent beyond the arc and it seems like he is also not afraid of any big competitor.
In the three games of NCAA tournaments alone, Abmas has managed to score 33 against Oklahoma State, 28 versus Wichita State, and 20 against Oklahoma. There are chances that the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes might bring in a tough challenge for 15-seeded Golden Eagles, but we can expect anything as long as there is Abmas in the game.
2. Isaiah Miller, UNCG
Once we got to see Miller during the freshman season, we knew this kid was going to be extra special. Despite UNCG being a very good team, he was playing like the best on the field and that is the reason why they also managed to go 27-8 against the Spartans, got the SoCon Tournament’s trophy to their name, and pushed the 4-seed Gonzaga to the edge. His team made 68-64, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
and the credit definitely goes to both juniors and seniors.
Miller in this year is enjoying an average of 19.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals every game. He may look like 6-foot but he makes living inside the arc easy with him also managing to make 10 3-pointers all season.
Fortunately, Miller also makes it to the top 10 in all of the three categories on the KenPom leaderboards: sixth in terms of steal percentage, fourth in possession percentage, and sixth when it comes to shot percentage.
3. Jason Preston, Ohio
Preston undoubtedly has the best story among all the Cinderella stars. He didn’t get to play much for his high school team that was full of talented individuals already so he has always been waiting for the right chance to impress his colleagues for being in the team.
Ohio liked Preston and ever since then the rest has been history. Or let’s say he is still on his way to make more history as a junior. Preston first stunned everyone when Ohio gave a tough time to the No.1 seed Illinois. In that game alone, Preston scored 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting, gave eight passes, and grabbed six rebounds and all of this with zero turnovers during the 37 minutes of gameplay (for him)
Now a big performance in the NCAA Tournament can increase more of his chances for the NBA Draft stock.