NCAA Tournament 2014: 10 Best Players Out of the Midwest Region

Top 10 Players in the Midwest Region

Nik Stauskas
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The NCAA Tournament and March Madness might be the best time of the year depending on who you ask. With billions of brackets being filled out, I think it's only fair that people know who the top players in each bracket are so they aren't completely in the dark when making their picks.

Let's take a look at the top 10 players in the Midwest Region.

Honorable Mention

Semaj Christon
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Honorable Mention

Semaj Christon
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Semaj Christon, Xavier
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Chaz Williams, UMass

10. James Young, Kentucky

James Young
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10. James Young, Kentucky

James Young
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While Kentucky hasn't been nearly as successful as many people thought it would be this season, James Young has been somewhat of a star. Although his shooting stroke got off to a slow start this season, he has picked up his game as of late.

Stats: 14.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists

9. Ron Baker, Wichita State

Ron Baker
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9. Ron Baker, Wichita State

Ron Baker
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Ron Baker is one of the best players, if not the best, on the hottest team in the nation right now. Baker has led the Shockers to a 34-0 record during the regular season and conference tournament play, and he deserves a spot on this list for that reason.

Stats: 13.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists

8. Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Jahii Carson
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8. Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Jahii Carson
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Jahii Carson is a very electric guard for the Sun Devils who just snuck into the field this year. Carson is a prolific scorer at the point guard position with over 1,200 career points -- and he's just a sophomore. Watch out, Texas, this guy can completely take over a game.

Stats: 18.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists

7. Russ Smith, Louisville

Russ Smith
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7. Russ Smith, Louisville

Russ Smith
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Many people believed that Russ Smith was good enough to enter the NBA draft a season ago, but he decided to stay and try to give Louisville another legitimate shot at the NCAA title. Russ is a big-time scorer who may have improved his draft stock with an even deadlier shot than he had a year ago.

Stats: 18.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.1 steals

6. T.J. Warren, N.C. State

T.J. Warren
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6. T.J. Warren, N.C. State

T.J. Warren
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T.J. Warren walked away with the ACC Player of the Year award and many people were outraged. They argued that all he can do is score and that his team wasn't good enough to produce a POY candidate. However, Warren single-handedly landed his team in the field of 68 and he is one of the best high-volume scorers in the nation.

Stats: 24.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.7 steals

5. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Montrezl Harrell
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5. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Montrezl Harrell
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Montrezl Harrell is the prototypical athletic wing man for Louisville. Harrell is still very raw offensively, but a little work for the sophomore could mean a future lottery pick for one NBA team. This is not the kind of guy you want to be matched up against.

Stats: 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks

4. Julius Randle, Kentucky

Julius Randle
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4. Julius Randle, Kentucky

Julius Randle
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Julius Randle is the epitome of a big bruiser down low. He is an elite athlete with a high motor and impressive post skills. As a projected top-five pick in the upcoming draft, the freshman would like to lead his team of talented, but underachieving, freshmen to the Final Four.

Stats: 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists

3. Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Nik Stauskas
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3. Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Nik Stauskas
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Nik Stauskas is one of my favorite players in the entire field in terms of talent. Talk about an improved player, Stauskas went from third or fourth option a year ago to the top dog. Stauskas is a deadly shooter, knocking down 45 percent of his three-point shots, and an offensive freak.

Stats: 17.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists

2. Rodney Hood, Duke

Rodney Hood
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2. Rodney Hood, Duke

Rodney Hood
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Rodney Hood almost falls victim to the shadow treatment with Jabari Parker as his teammate, but everyone knows how good the athletic forward is. Teams would kill for a 6-foot-8 small forward who can hit threes as well as drive to the basket and throw it down. Hood is an athletic specimen.

Stats: 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists

1. Jabari Parker, Duke

Jabari Parker
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1. Jabari Parker, Duke

Jabari Parker
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Jabari Parker could be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, but there has been speculation that the level-headed superstar will come back for his sophomore season. Parker can score in bunches as well as play solid defense. Many hailed him as the top recruit since LeBron James coming into the 2013-14 year.

Stats: 19.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 steals

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