The past decade or so has seen opportunities expand for schools outside the traditional power conferences. The likes of George Mason, VCU, Butler and Wichita State reaching the Final Four gives hope to unheralded mid-major programs nationwide.
For those low-level conferences that needed hope, however, there wasn't much to inspire excitement until Florida Gulf Coast put Dunk City on the map. Players like Brett Comer, Chase Fieler and Bernard Thompson put themselves on the national map with superlative performances against Georgetown and San Diego State.
So who's next? Who is there among this season's lower-rung programs that could make himself a superstar with some big games in March?
The following eight players—presented alphabetically—possess both great supporting casts that could get them to the Big Dance and the talent to put up big numbers against a major foe when they get there.