March Madness 2012: 5 Most Complete Players of Sweet 16
When it gets down to the last 16 teams in college basketball, there are plenty of great college basketball players.
There are great scorers, great rebounders, great shooters, distributors and shot-blockers. Many college basketball players excel at one skill.
The hardest thing to find in college or even professional basketball are complete basketball players. Players that are versatile and can do multiple things on the floor.
There are some players that can do two things well, but these five players excel more than three areas of the game. Their versatility and overall dominance is invaluable to their teams.
Here are the five most complete players still standing.
5. Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State
Brown has been the revelation of the NCAA tournament.
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Lorenzo Brown is definitely the least likely member of this esteemed group. His team was under the radar for much of the season and even though the Wolfpack was a popular pick to top San Diego State, it was a surprise entry in the Sweet 16.
The main reason for that is the heightened play of Brown. He is a skilled playmaker at point guard, but he is impacting the game outside of the traditional point guard role.
In the tournament, Brown has totaled 29 points, 15 assists, 15 rebounds and four steals in two tournament games. If you look back at his last five games he is averaging 14.4 points 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. He is also shooting 60 percent on threes.
At 6'5", Brown isn't your average college point guard. He is a force to be reckoned with in every facet of the game.
4. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Sullinger is a very skilled big man.
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Jared Sullinger is a big man. Big men aren't necessarily known for being complete players. Sullinger bucks that trend.
He led his team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. He was also second in steals and shot an incredible 44.4 percent from three-point range.
Sullinger hasn't put up eye-popping numbers in the tournament, but he took over against Gonzaga when he needed to, hitting long jumpers, scoring on the block and just dominating inside.
He only averages 1.2 assists per game, but you would be hard-pressed to find a better passer out of the post than Sullinger.
3. Jae Crowder, Marquette
Crowder makes life difficult for opponents.
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Jae Crowder is an absolute beast. He is a beast on offense and a beast on defense. He is a strong a sturdy presence who has exceptional athleticism for a player of his dimensions.
Crowder can score inside and out on offense and he can defend on the perimeter, in the post and in the open court.
He has leaped to ridiculous heights through the first two rounds of the tournament, averaging 21.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.0 block per game.
Crowder has been phenomenal for Marquette and he is leaving no stone unturned in getting the job done.
2. Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Davis is the toughest matchup in college basketball.
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Anthony Davis has struck college basketball like a force of nature this season. If anyone hasn't gotten a chance to watch him play yet, do yourself a favor and tune in this weekend.
Davis is just a sensational player, leading his team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. He is putting up 14.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game.
The only thing he is really missing is perimeter shooting and distribution. Although, his low assist total doesn't tell the whole story because Davis is a very unselfish player. He's also dished out eight assists in two tournament games.
If this was a list of the most dynamic players, Davis would be topping it, but there is one player who has been a little bit more complete this season.
1. Draymond Green, Michigan State
Green makes all the necessary plays to win.
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It is almost scary to think what Draymond Green would do with the physical tools that Anthony Davis possesses. Green also has the advantage of four years of development, which is how he probably earned this spot.
Green averaged 16.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and just about a block per game. He has also developed into a deadly long-range shooter, hitting 40.2 percent of his threes.
He isn't only putting up numbers, but he is getting it done in a variety of ways at the most important times. Against St. Louis, Green closed the game going 4-of-6 from the field in the second half for 11 points, but he did so much more.
He also assisted on three late buckets while adding one of his own that helped seal the win. He also blocked this point blank shot pictured above that would have cut the Spartans' lead to two.
Draymond Green does more than any other player and he is doing it with a lot less surrounding talent. He isn't the flashiest, but he just does everything it takes to win.