By MyFM's Jake Archer - If you are like me, or many people, you don’t really get in tune with college basketball until this time of year. I might watch a few games and take in some information, but for the most part I don’t dive in until conference championship week. Even though we’ve had some play-in games yesterday and will have more today, the real first day of March Madness is Thursday. You are likely cramming your brain with information on teams and players to help you win your bracket this year. Don’t worry, we all are.
If you want to know what players to pay attention to for pure entertainment or for the upcoming NBA Draft however, I’ve got you covered. Here are five of the guys I’ll be watching closely, for one reason or another.
Grayson Allen- Grayson Allen is the ultimate Duke super villain. He’s extremely unlikable because of his temper tantrums, his dirty play and really just everything about him. But I love to watch him because he is great for sports. We need a guy to really root against who can either self destruct and take down his team or can drill a clutch shot in a defender’s face to ruin your bracket. I’m excited to see which Grayson Allen comes out in the tournament and how it will affect the Blue Devils.
Lonzo Ball- Take away the fact that this kid is playing for one of the most storied programs in college basketball in UCLA and that his father is becoming the world’s most annoying helicopter parent. Lonzo Ball himself is extremely entertaining. He might be the best player in the whole tournament and the most intriguing NBA prospect with Markelle Fultz and Washington not involved. Ball looks like a sure thing and as a Celtics fan, I’ll be trying to get a better idea of what he is and will be.
Miles Bridges- The Michigan State freshman is an undersized big man like former Spartan Draymond Green, but he’s showing a lot more potential than even the now NBA star. He’s the type of guy that can, and has, pretty much carried his team on his back. Bridges has the ability to completely take a game over and dominate on both ends of the floor. Throw in that he’s a spectacular in-game dunker and this likely NBA lottery-pick is a must-see.
Frank Mason III- Maybe it’s because of Isaiah Thomas, but I love watching tiny point guards succeed. Frank Mason III is 5’11 and a national player of the year candidate while knocking down huge shots for the Kansas Jayhawks. He’s a senior who came to Kansas in a loaded recruiting class that featured guys like Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and he’s still an afterthought on his own team despite his growing legend. Josh Jackson will be the guy most talk about because he’s an NBA star in the making, but Mason will be the guy I’m watching go to work.
Malik Monk- Malik is really the guy that I have heard the most about, but haven’t seen enough of. He’s another Kentucky star under John Calipari who will undoubtedly be drafted high this summer. Monk is an amazing scorer and can get his buckets in a variety of ways. I’ll be excited to take a look at him and see where he fits in to my wish list for the Celtics.