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NCAA Basketball March Madness

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

Top 10 Players From the West Region

Arizona
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The NCAA Tournament's second round is just hours from beginning and it's time to look at the teams you are picking and which players can make the difference between a big upset and a deep run.

Let's take a look at the top 10 players from the West Region -- as well as some honorable mentions. Hint: this region has some top NBA talent.

Honorable Mention

Cory Jefferson
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Honorable Mention

Cory Jefferson
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Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brandon Ashley, Arizona
Cory Jefferson, Baylor
Sam Dower, Gonzaga
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

10. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky
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10. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky
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Frank Kaminsky might not be an NBA talent right now, but with one more year to get better defensively and stronger in the post, he will be a solid draft choice. Kaminsky is a rare talent. He can post up, although not great right now, and step out to the perimeter and knock down threes.

Stats: 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 blocks

9. Xavier Thames, San Diego State

Xavier Thames
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9. Xavier Thames, San Diego State

Xavier Thames
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Xavier Thames is the kind of player you don't want to see matched up with your team. He might be more of a scorer than anything, but he is as valuable to his team than anyone in the field of 64.

Stats: 16.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists

8. Tyler Haws, BYU

Tyler Haws
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8. Tyler Haws, BYU

Tyler Haws
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Not many people have Tyler Haws on their radar, but he is one of the most underrated players in the field. Haws is a high-volume scorer and he can take over games with his unbelievable scoring ability.

Stats: 23.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists

7. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Sam Dekker
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7. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Sam Dekker
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Wisconsin is lucky to have a guy like Dekker to lead the team. He is easily the captain of the Badgers and he might be the most skilled guy on the roster.

Stats: 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists

6. Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Terran Petteway
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6. Terran Petteway, Nebraska

Terran Petteway
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Terran Petteway almost single-handedly led the Cornhuskers into the NCAA Tournament this year and somehow got them a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. This guy can shoot, make tough shots and score in bunches. Watch out for Petteway in this year's tourney.

Stats: 18.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists

5. Nick Johnson, Arizona

Nick Johnson
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5. Nick Johnson, Arizona

Nick Johnson
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Nick Johnson is the kind of athletic guy that you want on your roster. If you're Arizona, you have to feel lucky that you have more than one extreme athlete on the roster. Johnson is an incredible leaper for his size and a great defender.

Stats: 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists

4. Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

Elfrid Payton
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4. Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

Elfrid Payton
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If you want to talk about skilled point guards with a future in the NBA, Elfrid Payton is your guy. Payton is athletic with a quick first step and can make plays that will make your jaw drop.

Stats: 19.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists

3. Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Aaron Gordon
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3. Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Aaron Gordon
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Aaron Gordon, like Johnson, is an athletic freak and he happens to play for one of the most athletic teams in the tournament in Arizona. Gordon had a great freshman season with the Wildcats and will look to carry that over into the tournament.

Stats: 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists

2. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart
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2. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart
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Marcus Smart has been as good as anyone in the nation since his suspension ended. Before that, the sophomore was considered a top NBA pick in this year's draft. His stellar play and athletic ability recently has NBA teams drooling.

Stats: 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists

1. Doug McDermott, Creighton

Doug McDermott
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1. Doug McDermott, Creighton

Doug McDermott
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Doug McDermott will go down as one of the best collegiate basketball players of all time. He is a terrific scorer and can lead his team to the Final Four is he's on top of his game. If he struggles, however, Creighton will also struggle.

Stats: 26.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists

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