With Selection Sunday in the books, March Madness is officially upon us. The long-awaited desire for all those Cinderella upsets and buzzer-beating finishes is over, and it’s finally time for college basketball’s brightest stars to shine.
Last season it was the dazzling runs of Virginia Commonwealth and Butler to the Final Four and the show-stopping performances of the giant killer, Kemba Walker, in his trek to the title.
This year, though, there’s a whole new cast of teams and players just itching to steal the spotlight.
The likes of Kentucky’s big-time shot blocker Anthony Davis and Kansas’ powerful forward Thomas Robinson have captured the headlines and will garner most of the press. But the tournament is always crawling with budding stars just waiting for their moment.
It could be someone in the same ilk of a Bryce Drew, who in 1998 hit the magical game-winner for Valparaiso’s signature tournament win, or maybe even just an under-appreciated stud like Walker ready to cement his name in NCAA Tournament history.
Who will be the big star this year? That remains to be seen. But the story that can already be told is that one, or even a handful of players, will certainly leave their mark and write their own chapters in the college history books.