Players Who Can Carry Middling CBB Teams to the 2015 NCAA Tournament

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Players Who Can Carry Middling CBB Teams to the 2015 NCAA Tournament
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No one considered North Carolina State a contender in the ACC last season, but the Wolfpack put together just enough of a resume to reach the NCAA tournament. Credit for every win that pulled the Pack into the Big Dance had to start with star forward T.J. Warren, who was awarded ACC Player of the Year honors for dragging his team as far as he did.

As the 2014-15 season nears, there are teams just like last season's NC State squad. They're neglected groups of young men who carry in their midst one exceptional talent, a player who may be garnering notice from NBA scouts and college analysts but who also draws sympathetic sighs for being "stuck" on a team that lacks promise.

If Warren can pull his team into March, though, these 10 guys very likely can, too. Now, most shouldn't be expected to card 24.9 points per game like Warren, but they're still powerful engines that can drive a team a long way if they receive even the slightest bit of support.

While "middling" may seem a harsh term for these teams, the fact remains that none of them are listed as part of Bleacher Report bracketologist Kerry Miller's field of 68 projections from July 22.

Remember, this is an optimistic look at these 10 teams.

 

Players are presented in alphabetical order. All KenPom.com links should be assumed to require subscription.

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