While you watch the Madness that is March—which now consists of 68 teams and four play-in games—just remember that the star-making performances you are witnessing are likely preludes to budding NBA careers. This year, it could be Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore or Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, to name a couple, who will take the nation by storm. In the past decade or so, several current NBA players have dazzled the hardwood under the national spotlight, helping improve their draft stock or, in some cases, force the issue whether or not they’d declare for the NBA once the college season came to a close. Here are 10 pros who have used March Madness as their own personal coming out party.
From Melo to Psycho T, these 10 guys made Gus Johnson’s blood pressure skyrocket and used the NCAA tournament to propel their pro ball careers.