Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Tournament stats: 23.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 4.5 APG, 2.0 SPG
Even if Connecticut comes up short in its quest for the title, Napier is making a pretty unarguable case for M.O.P. honors.
From Day 1 of this season, everyone has known that Napier is the man to beat on this team. (In his first four games of the season, he averaged 13.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG and 7.8 APG.) Yet, no one has figured out how to stop him.
Doug McDermott will win all of the regular-season individual player awards, but Napier is another one of the best four-year players that we've had the pleasure of watching over the past decade.
DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut
Tournament stats: 17.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.3 BPG
Incredible as Napier is, Daniels is one of the most critical cogs in the Huskies machine. He has become a reliable scorer and defender, and his presence in the paint against opposing big men will likely determine Connecticut's future.
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Tournament stats: 15.8 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 1.8 APG
Freshmen were all the rage this season, but Randle's appeal fell by the wayside as Kentucky lost games and he struggled to match his early numbers against a very physical SEC.
No more Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins. Tyler Ennis and Aaron Gordon are watching the rest of the tournament from home. But Randle has been outstanding in the tourney, recording a double-double in each of Kentucky's first four games.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
Tournament stats: 16.8 PPG, 3.0 APG, 1.5 SPG
If you're playing against Florida and you're extremely lucky, Wilbekin will only make three or four plays in a game that leave you completely dejected, ending whatever rally you mistakenly thought you were putting together.
Wilbekin isn't the type of guy who needs to score 20 points in a game to hurt you—though it will absolutely cripple you if he does. When Florida needs a big bucket or a stop, Wilbekin always seems to find a way to execute.
Patric Young, Florida
Tournament stats: 8.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.0 BPG
Much like Wilbekin, Young doesn't need to stuff the box score in order to beat you. He is a monster in the paint, single-handedly erasing the phrase "easy bucket" from the opposing team's vocabulary.
Young is rather prone to foul trouble. When he isn't forced to play timidly, though, he is almost impossible to beat.
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Tournament stats: 18.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 BPG
Kaminsky's tournament got off to a slow start against American, scoring just eight points and committing four fouls in 20 minutes of action.
In Wisconsin's last two games, he has been a one-man wrecking crew. Debunking the myth that Wisconsin has no interior defense, Kaminsky blocked six Baylor field-goal attempts in the Sweet 16. And against what was supposedly one of the best interior defenses in the nation, he scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to eliminate Arizona in the Elite Eight.