Every season, players like Omar Samhan from Saint Mary's seem to come out of nowhere once the NCAA Tournament begins. These guys have played their entire season on a much smaller stage than the Thomas Robinsons of the world. But, when the lights are shining the brightest during March Madness, the unknowns can become folk heroes. Here are ten guys that could be lighting up the scoreboard if their teams make the tourname
Joe Ragland will enter March with a points per game average of just under 14. While the competition level isn't as high in the Missouri Valley Conference as it might be in the Big East, Ragland's shooting percentages are what make him such a great player. He is shooting 57% from the floor and nearly 48% from three-point range. That means that when this Shocker puts the ball in the air, there's a pretty good chance that it's going to go in the hoop.
He has scored over 20 points in a game five times this season, and has topped 30 twice. His best game this season was against UNLV when he scored a season high 31 points on 9-12 shooting from the floor and 8-9 from long range.
While Murray State shouldn't be a team that is just starting to show up on everyone's March Madness radar, their guard Isaiah Canaan might be someone that basketball fans aren't fully aware of yet. Let's just put it this way: he scores 19 points per game and does it in a bunch of different ways every single night. He's topped 20 points 13 times this season and has gone over 30 four times. Shooting 48% from long range on the season has greatly improved his scoring average.
The guy jacks up a lot of those long range shots, too. He's attempted double digit three's on four occasions this year, shooting a blistering 60% from three in those games. This guy is a flat out scorer and is going to be extremely hard to slow down come tournament time.Wichita State
After transferring from Arizona, where he averaged almost 10 points per game, Mo Mo Jones is now putting up 16 per contest for the Iona. His teammate Michael Glover is scoring nearly 20 per game at the power forward spot, but guard play always seems to be more important come tournament time.
Jones isn't the three-point threat that most look for in a guard, but his overall scoring ability is more than enough to make up for it. He has scored over 20 points 10 times this season, and he topped 40 earlier this month. He knows what the competition level is like in the tournament, having played at Arizona, and definitely knows how to score.
If Glover can draw some attention away from Jones next month in the NCAA Tournament, this guy could drop 20 points before the other team's coach can say Iona.
It's extremely hard to leave a guy that is putting up nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game off of any type of "Players to Watch" list. Michael Glover plays alongside list-mate Lamont Jones for Iona. Glover has scored 30 points or more twice this season, and has topped 20 points 11 times (plus six other times scoring 18-19 points).
He's a 6-7, 250 lb forward that knows how to use his body well enough to get in position for high percentage shots. His ability on the boards is just an added bonus. With him, Jones and national assist leader Scott Machado leading the Gaels, I wouldn't be surprised to see Iona win a game or two.
Averaging 17 points per game the past two seasons, the Long Beach State senior and his teammates are looking to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. While his shooting percentage isn't the greatest (40%), Ware still seems to put up points night after night.
He scored 29 points against North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 28 against Pittsburgh at the Pete. Both are extremely hard places to play and Ware handled the crowd and pressure with ease.
With four years of experience under his belt, look for Casper Ware to put up points whether he wins or loses in the NCAA Tournament.