2013 NCAA Tournament: 15 "Fresh Faces" to Watch in the Sweet 16 and Beyond

Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

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Glenn Robinson III, Fr., Michigan:

We are not talking about RGIII here; we are talking about GRIII. Robinson has made the most out of his first season at Michigan, playing his way into a potential mid-first round NBA Draft selection. Robinson is averaging 17.5 points per game through the first two contests of the NCAA Tournament.

Brett Comer, So., Florida Gulf Coast:

Florida Gulf Coast made history by becoming the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16, and Comer has become a key component to their tournament success. Comer is a sophomore, but this is the Eagles’ first ever appearance in the Big Dance in school history. Playing inspired after losing his father to lung cancer just a few years ago, Comer has been putting on a show on the highest of stages.

Gary Harris, Fr., Michigan State:

Harris is the leading scorer on the Michigan State squad, and as a freshman, he is making the most out of his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. A true shot-maker, Harris must be guarded at all times or his opposition could be in big trouble.

Damyean Dotson, Fr., Oregon:

Oregon has made a nice run to the Sweet 16 as a 12 seed within the Midwest Region. Dotson, who is just a freshman, has played up to the big stage in the Big Dance. He is averaging 20 points per game during the Ducks’ run to the Sweet 16 and looks set to continue helping the Ducks prove they were underseeded by a wide margin.

Arsalan Kazemi, Sr., Oregon:

Kazemi is an interesting case. The senior forward transferred to Oregon last off-season after three very successful years at Rice. The only problem — he never qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Now Kazemi is making the most of his opportunity by helping pace Oregon with his double-double potential.

Cleanthony Early, Jr., Wichita State:

Early has been a great addition for Wichita State and head coach Gregg Marshall. Early is a junior college transfer who leads the team in scoring this season. He’s averaging 18.5 points per game in the Shockers’ surprise run to the Sweet 16.

Kenny Kadji, Sr., Miami (FL):

Kadji arrived at Miami just one year after the Hurricanes qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2008. In his time in Coral Gables, Kadji never qualified for the Big Dance until now. The senior forward is making the most out of his opportunity down low, ranking second on the team in points and first in rebounds this season.

Trent Lockett, Sr., Marquette:

After spending three seasons at Arizona State, Lockett never qualified for the NCAA Tournament. After transferring to Marquette, he is getting that opportunity and helping a well-balanced squad that has advanced to the Sweet 16 for a third consecutive season. Lockett is not the star performer for the Golden Eagles, but his production is certainly crucial.

Ron Baker, Fr., Wichita State:

Baker is a freshman for Wichita State, and ironically enough, he missed a good chunk of this season. The Shockers needed him in their upset victory over Gonzaga, and Baker stepped up to the plate by scoring 16 points in Wichita State’s victory. Baker can shoot it, so his opponents must keep an eye on him.

Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Fr., Indiana:

We know the depth that the Indiana Hoosiers feature this season, and that’s thanks to a great balance of youth and veteran leadership. Even as a Freshman, Ferrell is the team’s starting point guard and plays his role to perfection. He can get to the hoop, hit open jump shots and dish the rock to a number of talented teammates.

Ben McLemore, Fr., Kansas:

Ironically enough, McLemore has struggled in his first two NCAA Tournament games, but that’s not what he has been about all season long. McLemore is a high-flyer and elite scorer who has molded himself into a likely top five NBA Draft selection this upcoming June. Watch out for McLemore, because he’s not likely to slump much longer.

Sherwood Brown, Sr., Florida Gulf Coast:

There’s nothing like a senior making his first appearance in the Big Dance. It’s even better when a player like Brown is the one in question. The team’s leading scorer during the regular season is quickly becoming a household name, averaging 20.5 points per game in the Eagles’ historic NCAA Tournament run thus far. It doesn’t hurt that he loves being in the spotlight as the face of the team.

Ramon Galloway, Sr., La Salle:

Prior to this year, La Salle had not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since 1992 and had not won a tournament game since 1990. They’ve ended both droughts the past week by winning three games already. Galloway, who is the team’s leading scorer, is a notable name that you certainly want to know.

Shane Larkin, So., Miami (FL):

Larkin has quickly become a household name in college basketball this season, dominating and carrying a well-balanced Hurricanes’ squad. He is only averaging 13.5 points per game thus far in the NCAA Tournament, but has the ability to turn it up a notch at any given moment and will likely do so in the next round(s).

Tyrone Garland, Jr., La Salle:

Garland might not be a superstar, but he’s certainly a name to know about. After his “Southwest Philly Floater” proved to be the game-winner in the Explorers’ third round win over Ole Miss that pushed LaSalle into the Sweet 16, the name Tyrone Garland is only now beginning to circulate.

 

While some never get the opportunity and others squander it, these players are the types who make the most of it. Let’s keep an eye on these Fresh Faces as the NCAA Tournament takes shape. Better yet, even after March Madness is over, Dove will not stop helping you take care of your face and ending Face Torture.

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