Regular season success puts college basketball stars on the radar of NBA scouts and awards lists. When a player takes his game to another level during tournament time, it has longer-lasting implications, shaping the legacy of the athlete and his respective program.
Superstars don't always last long in the NCAA tourney, and some of this year's standouts are sure to bow out in opening-week action. But for those who survive and advance, an opportunity at basketball immortality awaits.
In recent years, we've seen stars cement their status as March Madness greats.
Carmelo Anthony, Kemba Walker and Juan Dixon each led teams to national titles with virtuoso postseason performances. Those players were preceded by the likes of Christian Laettner, Bill Walton and Danny Manning, just to name a few.
Who's ready to spearhead a surge toward a Final Four appearance in Atlanta? We break down a slew of stars who have the necessary skills and supporting cast to enjoy a lengthy stay on the big stage.