With the Final Four set to take center stage Saturday and Monday, Scout is getting a head-start on selecting All-Tournament teams, tipping our cap to the best and brightest from the past three weeks in the Big Dance.
We’ll name an MVP from the following group of players on Tuesday morning.
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Making him even more dangerous is his marksmanship from beyond the arc. Dekker has connected on 13 threes in the NCAA Tournament, shooting 48.1 percent from deep. Simply put he’s been a matchup nightmare for opposing frontcourts.
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Most impressive about his run: Kaminsky has made 26 of 30 free-throw attempts, making it difficult to send the big man to the line in clutch situations. And when teams haven’t fouled him? Kaminsky is scoring inside and out, evidenced by five made treys in eight attempts over the last four games. He’s scored at least 16 points in each tournament outing, so there really is no stopping Kaminsky, just trying to limit the damage.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
The senior point guard was a master distributor, totaling at least five assists in all four ballgames, including 11 dimes in Notre Dame’s win over Wichita State. He also turned the ball over only nine times, rendering a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. But the kicker: Grant didn’t come off the floor in four games. Including an overtime win over Butler, Grant played 165 minutes in this NCAA Tournament. Very valuable, very durable.
Justise Winslow, Duke
Winslow has routinely generated offense for Duke through his defense, and, in his hometown of Houston no less, scored a combined 37 points in the Blue Devils’ last two wins over Utah and Gonzaga. The cherry on top for Winslow is he’s shooting 58.3 percent from three, connecting on seven of 12 attempts.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
But it’s never been about numbers with WCS. His block on a Jerian Grant three with 36 seconds left in UK’s Elite Eight win over Notre Dame was arguably the biggest play of the tournament. Then, 30 seconds later, Cauley-Stein tracked Grant the length of the court and forced an awkward three from the corner to secure Kentucky’s spot in Indianapolis. You can’t quantify a play like that, or a player like Cauley-Stein. You just know he’s one of the best when you watch him.
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
- 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 65.1% FGs
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
- 13.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Travis Trice, Michigan State
- 19.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.0 apg
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
- 23.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.7 spg
Zach Auguste, Notre Dame
- 16.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 70.0% FGs
Trey Lyles, Kentucky
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-TOURNAMENT
- 11.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 1.0 spg
Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame
- 10.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 1.0 spg
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 78.6% FTs
Terry Rozier, Louisville
- 16.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.8 apg
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
- 13.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.5 apg
TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma
- 14.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 1.0 spg
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
- 15.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.7 spg
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
- 11.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.8 bpg
Melo Trimble, Maryland
- 14.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg
Trevor Lacey, NC State
- 14.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.7 apg