Men's March Madness 2022: The All-Tournament Team Ahead of the Final FourMarch 28, 2022
Men's March Madness 2022: The All-Tournament Team Ahead of the Final Four
After a busy four-day stretch narrowed the 2022 men's March Madness field from 16 programs to the Final Four, B/R's All-Tournament team needs an update.
And there is a heavy ACC flavor.
Led by Final Four-bound Duke and North Carolina, the conference accounted for three of the Elite Eight qualifiers with the in-state rivals and Miami. As a result, it's no surprise that they've landed more than half of the players on the latest edition of this individual spotlight.
Team results are considered, given that each player included has appeared in three-plus games during the NCAA tournament. But the primary factors are total production and overall impact. The selections are not limited by position.
Remy Martin, Kansas
All-American guard Ochai Agbaji is Kansas' top player, yet he entered the Elite Eight with only 31 points in the tournament. Instead, the Jayhawks have enjoyed the long-awaited rise of Arizona State transfer Remy Martin. He's averaged 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while hitting 41.7 percent of his threes, too.
Charlie Moore, Miami
Although his final outing was a disappointment, Charlie Moore is a key reason why Miami secured its first-ever Elite Eight appearance. He scored 16 points and buried the game-winning free throws in the victory over USC and amassed 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the upset of Auburn. Moore posted seven points and nine assists when the 'Canes toppled Iowa State before they lost to Kansas.
Drew Timme, Gonzaga
Although the Zags' tournament ended with a loss to Arkansas in the Sweet 16, Drew Timme put together a fantastic three-game stretch. He scored at least 25 points in each contest and averaged 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
Armando Bacot, North Carolina
Four games, four double-doubles. Armando Bacot has a strong case for a first-team spot, although UNC's perimeter group has mostly propelled the team. That's an admittedly wild note, considering he's put up 16.5 points, 15.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest on UNC's journey to the Final Four.
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
On the opening weekend, Hunter Dickinson totaled 48 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in wins against Colorado State and Tennessee. The sophomore closed Michigan's run to the Sweet 16 with 15 points, 15 boards, three assists and two blocks in the loss to Final Four-bound Villanova.
First Team: Kameron McGusty, Miami
Another standout on Miami's unexpected journey to the Elite Eight was sixth-year senior Kameron McGusty.
McGusty, a first-team All-ACC selection, averaged 19.3 points for the 10th-seeded Hurricanes in March Madness. He topped out at 27 against Iowa State in the Sweet 16, chipping in six rebounds and four steals in the program's historic victory.
When the 'Canes stunned Auburn, McGusty filled the box score with 20 points, six boards, four assists and four steals.
For good measure, he propelled Miami to a halftime lead on No. 1 Kansas during the Elite Eight. McGusty netted a team-high 18 points in the final game of his college career.
First Team: Brady Manek, North Carolina
Four years ago, Kameron McGusty transferred from Oklahoma to Miami. Last offseason, Brady Manek departed Norman for Chapel Hill.
And the 2022 NCAA tournament has been awfully kind to both.
McGusty's run ended on Sunday, but Manek netted 19 points in the Tar Heels' victory over Saint Peter's to reach the Final Four. He's averaged a March Madness-best 21.5 points—burying 16 of his 34 three-point attempts—with 8.0 rebounds per game.
Duke will be focused on containing Manek in the Final Four after he dropped at least 20 points against them in both regular-season matchups.
First Team: Paolo Banchero, Duke
Paolo Banchero's consistency is a critical piece of Duke's success.
Through four games, he's netted 16-plus points and dished three-plus assists in each one. Banchero collected 22 points and four assists against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 and went for 16 and three, respectively, opposite Arkansas in the Elite Eight.
Altogether, the freshman has averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.3 combined blocks and steals with a sizzling 53.3 long-range clip on 3.8 triples per game.
Banchero and another first-team player will be leading the Blue Devils into the Final Four against rival UNC.
First Team: Jermaine Samuels, Villanova
Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore are usually Villanova's top scorers, but Jermaine Samuels has taken a larger share of the spotlight during March Madness.
While both of his teammates have averaged 13.0 points per game, Samuels has paced the Wildcats at 17.5. He's knocked down 63.4 percent of his shots with a 50.0 long-range mark, and he's also corralling a team-high 8.5 rebounds per night.
And because an Achilles injury has ended Moore's season, the 'Cats will be relying on Samuels to keep producing at this level.
Villanova is chasing its third national championship in the last six NCAA tournaments.
First Team: Mark Williams, Duke
Like his teammate Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams has been a steady, high-end producer for the Blue Devils in the NCAA tournament.
In the first round, he scorched Cal State Fullerton for 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five blocks. Williams followed that performance with 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocks during the comeback win over Michigan State.
Williams then gathered 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks against Texas Tech and 12, 12 and three, respectively, against Arkansas to help Duke win the West Region.
Entering the Final Four, he's averaging 14.5 points on a ridiculous 80.6 percent shooting, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game.