Which player has benefited most from the NCAA Tournament? That question deserves a complicated answer. And probably is more the fodder for blogs and pundit shows looking to talk about something and draw wild conclusions over singular games (Yes, I just insulted myself).
The reactions to Florida Gulf Coast's Randy Enfield jumping from Florida's West Coast to the actual West Coast has drawn reactions across the spectrum, with many wondering if he was hired based solely on two games. Two games is hardly a representative sample size.
For many NBA fans though, the NCAA Tournament is the first exposure to the top draft prospects. This year that meant bad news for Marcus Smart, Shabazz Muhammad and Ben McLemore. All three struggled in their games in the spotlight. McLemore, the presumed No. 1 pick (if there is such thing as a presumption in a draft like this), shot only 10 for 39 from the floor -- although he finished with 20 points in Kansas' overtime loss to Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen.
If there has been any "climber" so to speak in the national eye it is Trey Burke of Michigan. The Wolverines' point guard has had a fantastic tournament and has solidified himself as a candidate for the national player of the year. Many have compared him to Jameer Nelson. Regardless what you think of Nelson overall, he has had a successful nine-year career now.
The other riser? It is the guy who is not playing at all. In fact, hist team was eliminated in the first round of the NIT.no comments