Welcome back to another edition of the March Madness All Name Team! This was a fun post I created last year and it’s now time to unveil this year’s team! Keeping with the same theme, I wanted to highlight players in this years tournament who have some pretty interesting names!Names that after this tournament you’ll be familiar with if you weren’t already. Let’s get into the players. If you would like to see the team from last year, check them out here!
Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
One of the leaders of a strong Tennessee team, Admiral Schofield has had a productive year for one of the nations best teams. A physical presence out on the wing, teams up with reigning SEC player of the year, Grant Williams to form that duo that drives the Volunteer team to what has been a very good year, one in which they may make a deep run in the tournament.
Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
A viable candidate last season, but this season seemed like the right time. Rui Hachimura is now a household name to many who saw him take on Duke early in the season in Maui. Hachimura will arguably be the face of Japanese basketball once he enters the NBA but until then, the talented forward from Gonzaga hopes to lead the Bulldogs on another run in March. His teammate Killian Tillie was a member of last year’s team.
Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan
Iggy as he is also known has brought a lot of swagger to a Michigan team who needs no introduction. Providing energy and shooting, Brazdeikis has been a bright spot for a veteran team who played in the big game last season. Iggy’s a streaky shooter who can hot at any moment and isn’t afraid to let opposing teams know about it. Keep an eye on the kid as they take on Montana in the first round of the tournament!
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
Overshadowed by more talented players on the Jay-hawks, Ochai Agbaji has quietly carved out a nice role for Kansas due to LaGerald Vick’s leave of absence the loss of big man, Azubuik. Agbaji is a high energy player who makes a lot of winning plays. With less depth than usual, he will be asked to up his play as the Jay-hawks take on Northeastern in the first round.
Lugentz Dort, Arizona State
Lu Dort from Arizona State has been solid contributor for the Sun Devils all season. He’s averaged 16 points, four rebounds and two assist and has helped take the load off of Sophomore Guard, Remy Martin. Be on the lookout for Dort and Arizona State in the tournament!
Tacko Fall, UCF
If you haven’t heard of Tacko Fall from the UCF Knights, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen a clip of him. Standing a massive 7’6 and possessing one of the most interesting free throw releases in college basketball, Tacko Fall is hard to miss. It’ll be interesting if UCF goes on to advance as they will find themselves staring at a potential match up with Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils.
Miye Oni, Yale
There have been seven total players drafted from Yale with the last being in 1987, they could have an eighth when Miye Oni declares. Oni is an athlete who can rise up with some of the best in the country. The Ivy League Player of the year to a 22-7 record and an Ivy League title and has quietly been a prospect many scouts have had their eye on.
Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
Florida State have a ton of big time players on their roster. Kabengele has emerged as a key piece to their balanced attack as the Sophomore built on his solid Freshman season and followed it up by leading the Seminoles in scoring. The ACC Sixth man of the year possesses a sweet stroke from deep and at 6’10, can shoot over anyone with relative ease. Not just a one trick pony either, Kabengele is a force on the defensive end averaging close to two blocks per game off of the bench! The folks in the ACC know very well the kind of player Kabengele is, it’s time for Kabengele to make his introduction to the nation now!
Who else deserves some shine as part of the All Name Team?