NCAA Tournament 2013: Players Who Will Steal the Show

Michael DulkaContributor IMarch 20, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 17:  Marshall Henderson #22 of the Ole Miss Rebels drives past Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators in the second half of the SEC Basketball Tournament Championship game at Bridgestone Arena on March 17, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Two things make the NCAA tournament as much fun as it is: upsets and strong individual performances. There has been no shortage of those in recent years with teams like VCU going to the Final Four in 2011 and 15-seed Norfolk State beating 2-seed Missouri. 

Players like Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette garnered much attention for their play in the NCAA tournament. 

In 2013, here are some players that are capable of stealing the show in the tournament. 


Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss Rebels 


Marshall Henderson certainly loves the spotlight. The extremely polarizing player is never short of confidence and doesn't mind being the "bad guy." Just watch this video:


His love-him or hate-him attitude and his ability to deliver breakout performances make him a player to watch in the tournament. Over the last five outings, Henderson is averaging 23.4 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor. 

He will need a strong performance with efficient scoring against a Wisconsin team that plays stingy basketball. If the Rebels can make a run in the tournament, Henderson will surely get a ton of coverage because of his antics. 


Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown

Porter has done a remarkable job of stealing the job throughout the college basketball season. The sophomore guard has made a huge jump from his play as a freshman and has gotten better as the year has progressed. 

The NBA prospect has a tremendous mix of size, athleticism and shooting ability. He has beaten defenders with his smooth jumper or off the dribble getting to the basket. 

As the 2 seed in the South Region, Georgetown will have big expectations in the tournament and Porter will be counted on to take them there. They shouldn't have a problem getting into the Sweet Sixteen, but then a potential matchup against the talented Florida Gators looms.  

Porter has the potential to be the player of the tournament and lift his draft stock even higher. Because of him, Georgetown has to be seen as a legitimate threat to sweep through the bracket. 


Trey Burke, Michigan 

Michigan's sophomore guard Trey Burke has his work cut out for him in the tournament. In the first round, he faces a tough matchup against South Dakota State's Nate Wolters. The NBA prospect is the center of South Dakota's offense and it's Burke's responsibility to outplay him and shut him down. 

Should Michigan and VCU both advance to the Round of 32, Burke will have the challenge of breaking down VCU's pressing defense. Up next would be a likely matchup against Kansas' stingy defense. Burke will lead Michigan through all three and into the Elite Eight. 

He's done it all for Michigan this season and playing in the Big Ten conference has prepared him and his team for the tournament. Burke will need to take better care of the basketball. In the last five contests, he's averaged 2.6 turnovers per game, but has increased his scoring while averaging 21.4 points during that stretch. 

Burke's scoring ability and demeanor will lead Michigan to big things in the tournament.