Players to Watch: West Region


Thank God this is not like the East region. This is the last region I have to do! Let’s take a look at what we got!

Will Barton, Memphis РQuick, athletic small forward that can score and defend with the best in the country. Averaged 18 and 8 this season for a Memphis team that a lot feel under-achieved. He shot 51% from the field and dished-out three assists a game. He will need to have big games if Memphis is looking to make some noise.

Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette – Sorry Jae Crowder fans, but Johnson-Odom is the best player on this Marquette team. He will decide how far the Golden Eagles will fly in the tournament. He scores, rebounds, and shoot the three at a high clip (39.7%). His senior leadership and previous tournament experience, along with Crowder’s, gives Marquette a solid foundation and sturdy legs to run as far as they can in this tournament.

Patric Young, Florida – There is no question in my mind that Young is a pro prospect. He makes Dwight Howard look small (I am talking about the size of his upper-body). He rebounds and plays the best defense on a Florida team that has struggled at time playing defense this season. He is only a sophomore, but I think he holds the key for Florida. If he shows up, this team can beat anyone.

Mike Scott, Virginia – A basketball team always feels confident when their best player is a senior. There is nothing like senior leadership. Scott has the experience, toughness, and will to get Virginia one win (at the least) in this tournament. He is more than capable of dominating Florida in their opening round game. Now whether they can beat Missouri in the second round, well let’s just say no.

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