Every few years, a little-known player* steps up and carries his team on an NCAA tournament run, effectively boosting his NBA draft stock in the process.
An obvious example of this was Stephen Curry, who led his Davidson Wildcats to an appearance in the Elite Eight in 2008.
While he elected to return to school the next season, his team's postseason run helped him to eventually become the No. 7 overall draft selection by the Golden State Warriors.
Last year this role was filled by Gordon Hayward of the Butler Bulldogs, who made it all the way to the national championship game and as a result was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 9 overall pick.
With the 2011 NCAA tournament kicking off this week, there are a number of little-known players who are primed to do the same and take the nation by storm, leading their teams deep into the bracket and solidifying their spots in the 2011 NBA draft.
*To be considered for this list, players must play in a conference outside of the Power Six and not be Jimmer Fredette or Kawhi Leonard, since everyone already knows who they are.