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When looking at Kentucky's roster, the names Terrence Jones, Darius Miller and Brandon Knight probably come to mind when deciding who the most important player may be for this young Kentucky Wildcats team.
The name Josh Harrellson is seldom used among college basketball fans when describing the Wildcats' most talented players. However, in this tournament, Harrellson might be the most important player for Kentucky.
At first glance, Harrellson just looks like a big guy at 6'10" and 275 pounds. Even when looking at his stat line throughout the season, he has only averaged 7.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game. This tournament, though, changed everything for the senior out of Missouri.
Harrellson has been stellar in every game he has played in the tournament. He has scored in double figures in all games and has provided the Wildcats with an average of nine rebounds per game.
What makes Harrellson valued more than any other player on the Wildcats, though, isn't any stat he possesses—it's his leadership. For Harrellson, he is the only senior on the roster for this Wildcats team. Although he was a junior-college transfer, he still has the experience needed to help this young Wildcats roster.
For the Wildcats, they are lucky to have a big man in Harrellson. He gives them an interior force that can't be matched by any center in the Final Four. With Harrellson in the post, this Wildcats team will have an advantage on the inside compared to its Final Four foes. In order for Kentucky to advance, Harrellson will need to out-rebound UConn's big men and provide solid scoring in the paint.