25 college basketball players who will define Championship Week, ranked

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NCAA Basketball: Vermont at St. John’s

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

These are the college basketball players you need to know as Championship Week seizures the spotlight.

For terminated coverage of Championship Week from Mike Rutherford, follow this StoryStream.

25. Lamine Diane( Cal State Northridge/ Big West)

After being ruled academically ineligible to compete during the first semester of the 2019 -2 0 season, Diane has been back to putting up his ridiculous stat pipelines over the last two months. As a newcomer last-place season, the native of Senegal was the only player in the country to average above 24 tops( 24.8 ), 10 rebounds( 11.2) and two blocks( 2.2) per competition. Diane is averaging more points( 25.5 ppg) this season, has upped his steal( 1.8 spg) and assist( 2.9 apg) medians, and is only slightly behind last year’s pace when it comes to comebacks( 10.1 rpg) and blocked films( 1.8 bpg ). His Matadors squad currently sits in a three-way tie for second place in the Big West standings.

24. Jibri Blount( North Carolina Central/ MEAC)

Blount does a little of everything for North Carolina Central, which is now being held for first in the MEAC bears and looking to claim the league’s auto-bid to the NCAA tournament for the fourth directly season. If that happens, it’s almost a certainty that Blount will have had a significant amount to do with it. The 6’7 junior is averaging 19.2 phases and 9.1 rebounds per game.

23. Sayeed Pridgett( Montana/ Big Sky)

Pridgett has calmly been having one of the best seasons of any non-power conference player in America. The 6’5 elderly from Oakland makes Montana in scoring( 19.3 ppg ), rebounding( 7.2 rpg ), facilitates( 3.8 apg ), and steals( 1.6 spg ). With two tournaments to play in the regular season, Pridgett and the Grizzlies currently sit tied atop the Big Sky endures with Eastern Washington at 14 -4.

“OH MY GOODNESS! ” Sayeed Pridgett proceeds coast-to-coast for a big dunk! #GoGriz #GrizHoops pic.twitter.com/ PVT2pkk 8S1

— Montana Griz BB (@ MontanaGrizBB) January 22, 2017

22. Isaiah Blackmon( Saint Francis Pa ./ Northeast)

A year ago, Saint Francis’ Keith Braxton took residence Northeast Conference Player of the Year reputations. Twelve months later, that same statu seems destined to go to Braxton’s teammate, Isaiah Blackmon. The 6’1 picket has been a revelation for the Red Flash in his major season, and will participate the NEC tournament averaging career-bests in extents( 19.2 ppg ), rebounds( 5.4 rpg ), expedites( 1.6 apg ), and free-throw percentage (8 3.3 percentage ).

21. Paul Atkinson( Yale/ Ivy League)

Yale has been the best team in the Ivy League so far this season thanks in no small-minded role to Atkinson’s 17.5 parts and 7.5 comebacks per sport. The comedy of the 6’10 junior will reach the Bulldogs a trendy NCAA tournament upset pick … if they can get there. In order to start that happen they will likely have to knock off their greater threat, Harvard, on the Crimson’s home floor.

20 Tevin Brown( Murray State/ Ohio Valley)

Ja Morant’s right hand humankind a year ago, Brown has stepped into the Racers’ starring role as a sophomore. One of the best two-way actors in America at any level, Brown is a lockdown supporter who kills 41.5 percent from three and leads the Racers in scoring at 17.7 qualities per game.

19. Jalen Pickett( Siena/ Metro Atlantic Athletic)

A year ago, Pickett provided Siena rookies records for both tallying( 521) and steals( 66 ), while also achieving the fourth-highest single-season assist total overall( 221) in school record. He’s been even better as a sophomore, and has the Saints alone atop the MAAC stands manager into the final week of the regular season.

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