These are the SEC’s brightest stars you will want to watch this March Madness.
SEC Basketball’s players to watch during March Madness
There is no sugarcoating it; this is the most talented player in college basketball. Brandon Miller is an elite shooter off the dribble and the best player on the best team in the country. He is also a very underrated rebounder, as he averages over eight boards per game. When Alabama needs it most, Miller shows up. He is the key to a deep run for the Tide.
Nick Smith Jr.
The Razorbacks are a completely different team with Nick Smith Jr. in the lineup. He is not a great 3-point shooter, but he is one of the best guards in this tournament inside of the arc. With an elite mid-range shot and floater, Smith Jr. has proved quickly why he was a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school. He also serves as the closer for the Hogs, as we saw in the SEC Tournament when he hit a clutch baseline jumper in the closing seconds to send Auburn home.
Tennessee fans are wondering if they can make a run without Zakai Zeigler. Fortunately, they still have one of the best guards in the field of 68. Santiago Vescovi is one of the best on-ball defenders in the country and does a little bit of everything for the Vols. He rebounds, is a great passer, and a knockdown shooter from long range. When watching him play, remember that there are plenty of reasons why he was selected as a member of the SEC’s First Team.
Last but certainly not least is the most dominant big man in the SEC, Oscar Tshiebwe. He is the best rebounder in the country and requires the attention of all five opponents when going for the ball off of a miss. He is a force that can pull the Wildcats far in this tournament if he is at his best. After losing to St. Peter’s in last year’s opening round, he came back to John Calipari’s group with one thing on his mind: March revenge.