10 Mid-Major Stars You Should Know Before March Madness

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10 Mid-Major Stars You Should Know Before March Madness
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A major appeal of March Madness is its habit of catapulting little-known mid-major players into national prominence.

Few had heard of Lehigh's C.J. McCollum before he scored 30 points in last year's first-round upset of Duke. Now he's a projected first-round NBA pick, according to NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com.

Davidson's Steph Curry was little more than a rumor until he poured in 30 points as a freshman in a first-round loss to Maryland in 2007. He became the talk of the tournament in 2008 when he led three upset victories. Now he's an NBA star.

Our rankings of the 10 mid-major players you should know before March Madness were based on two elements: the player's relative lack of national attention and his potential impact in the NCAA tournament.

We start with two players from mid-major conferences basketball fans already know. Then we'll count down 10 players you may not know, but may emerge in the NCAA tournament.

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