Unless you’ve been living under a boulder-sized rock since the beginning of the month of March up until now, you would have been hard-pressed to make it this far without getting caught up in the college basketball madness. To add insult to injury, we’re not quite ready to let the madness die down just yet, so in the spirit of season-concluding awards, we’ve put together a 2013 All-Tournament team.
Putting together this All-Tournament team, we had to take into consideration that each player’s regular season stats shouldn’t be taken into consideration. Aside from that, the only other criteria that was required was that each player’s team reached the Elite 8, with the idea that 4 was a sufficient number of games to judge performance. So, without further ado, we give you the All-Tournament Team.
Mitch McGary – Michigan
Although McGary put up rather par numbers in the regular season, he brought his A-game for the tournament, almost doubling his points and rebounds average, stepping up to aid his team in reaching the national championship game.
C.J. Fair – Syracuse
Fair was a solid contributor during the season, so he lived up to expectations by meeting and exceeding his regular season averages and being a pivotal piece in getting his team to the Final Four.
Deshaun Thomas – Ohio State
As the scoring leader of the Buckeyes, putting together a string of good efforts in the tournament was a requirement for Thomas. Posting an average of 22 points in four contests showed that his ability to make baskets was well-needed as the Buckeyes advanced all the way to the Elite 8 this year.
Russ Smith – Michigan
With his eyes set on making the jump to the NBA in the near future, Smith came out of the gates this season with career-high averages. On this big stage that is the national tournament, he shined even brighter scoring 20 or more points in 5 out of the 6 games he played.
Trey Burke – Michigan
Despite playing alongside the high-scoring Russ Smith and inside force Mitch McGary, Burke was still able to find a way to get big numbers and help his team reach their first national championship game in 20 years.