Scout's All-Tournament Teams

Scout identifies the top players from the 2015 NCAA Tournament with three games to go.

The 2015 NCAA Tournament isn’t over, but the madness is for 64 teams.

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

The Badgers’ swingman has been as efficient as they come through four games, making at least six shots from the field in every contest while never attempting more than 15. Dekker is averaging 21.8 points, including a combined 50 in Wisconsin’s last two wins over UNC and Arizona, and 5.5 rebounds.

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

Offensively Kaminsky does a little bit of everything . . . and all of it very well. The 7-footer has put his versatile game on display come tourney time, posting robust averages of 22.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.

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 Fighting Irish came oh-so-close to ending Big Blue’s perfect season and crashing the Final Four in their home state, and Grant was the catalyst for his team’s run. In four games in the NCAAs, Grant averaged 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals.

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

It’s probably safe to say no player in this year’s edition of March Madness has thrived on both ends of the floor simultaneously to the degree Winslow has. The freshman has been dynamite. Here are his well-rounded averages four games in: 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals.

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

The junior center is precisely what da Vinci had in mind when he drew the Vitruvian Man. Cauley-Stein is length personified, and his quickness has been on display this entire tournament, with the 7-footer regularly checking perimeter players. His averages alone wouldn’t describe a player who belongs on this list: 7.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks.

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
- 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

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