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

Top 10 Players in the East Region

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The NCAA Tournament is just about to begin and it looks like the East Region might be one of the biggest toss-ups of any region. There are about six or seven teams that could legitimately make it out of the East.

Everyone deserves to know the types of players on the teams that they are picking. Let's take a look at the top 10 players from the East Region.

Honorable Mention

Branden Dawson
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Honorable Mention

Branden Dawson
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DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Jarvis Threatt, Delaware
Wesley Saunders, Harvard

10. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Malcolm Brogdon
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10. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

Malcolm Brogdon
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Virginia is a special team. The Cavaliers don't really have any superstars or any All-Americans, but they are led by Malcolm Brogdon and a host of very solid players. Brogdon might be the most talented player on the team and somewhat of a stat sheet stuffer.

Stats: 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists

9. James Bell, Villanova

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9. James Bell, Villanova

James Bell
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Villanova kind of flew under the radar this year. The Wildcats had just four losses on the season and are likely the most underrated two-seed in the tourney. James Bell seems to be the leader and the top performer for the Wildcats this year and he is an outstanding rebounder for a guard.

Stats: 14.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists

8. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier
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8. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier
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Not many people talk about Shabazz Napier. It's a shame that such a talented point guard almost goes unnoticed because of the league he plays in. The senior point guard might have a slight build, but he is a killer on the court.

Stats: 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists

7. Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Marcus Paige
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7. Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Marcus Paige
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Marcus Paige had quite the resurgent second half to the season for the Tar Heels and it seems like North Carolina succeeds when he plays well. Paige is a big reason why North Carolina turned things around this season.

Stats: 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists

6. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

James Michael McAdoo
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6. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina

James Michael McAdoo
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James Michael McAdoo has an extremely high ceiling and he is another reason North Carolina turned things around this year. He is a versatile, athletic wing man who can also play down low.

Stats: 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists

5. Bryce Cotton, Providence

Bryce Cotton
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5. Bryce Cotton, Providence

Bryce Cotton
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Bryce Cotton leads the underdog Providence Friars into the NCAA Tournament this year and it looks like the Friars have a solid chance of staying hot and beating North Carolina. He is extremely skilled offensively and there might not be a better scoring point guard in the region.

Stats: 21.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists

4. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati

Sean Kilpatrick
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4. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati

Sean Kilpatrick
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Not too many people are giving Cincinnati a chance to head to the Sweet 16 this year. However, Sean Kilpatrick is a name to look out for as he might be the scorer Cincinnati needs to upset some top teams this year.

Stats: 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists

3. Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

Melvin Ejim
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3. Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

Melvin Ejim
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Iowa State isn't really considered a surprise anymore since it is usually a contender for the Big 12 title every year. However, not too many people believed they could dethrone Kansas in the conference tourney, but the Cyclones did just that thanks to the strong play from Melvin Ejim and crew.

Stats: 18.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists

2. Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Adreian Payne
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2. Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Adreian Payne
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Adreian Payne is what you would call an athletic freak. The 6-foot-10 big man can do it all: shoot from the perimeter, shoot from mid-range, rebound, post up and play stellar defense. If he's not the scariest all around threat in the region, I don't know who is.

Stats: 15.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists

1. Gary Harris, Michigan State

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1. Gary Harris, Michigan State

Gary Harris
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Gary Harris might be the highest possible NBA draft pick in the region. As an expected lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft, he has a lot to prove. If Michigan State wants to win it all, it will need to rely on its athletic wing man with a quick burst to the basket as well as a deadly three-point shot.

Stats: 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists

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