March Madness Names To Know

By Phil Gentile - Posted on 13 March 2012

2012 Final Four


With March Madness finally upon us I thought I would highlight some of the unsung heroes from the tournament's lesser known schools. What I found was a rising star that wasn't even recruited by his own dad, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, and of course some sick dunks.


Doug McDermott, Creighton

Wanta hear something cold? Not only did none of the elite college basketball programs recruit Doug McDermott but neither did HIS OWN FATHER, who was coaching at Iowa State at the time. However in only his sophmore year, McDermott has scored more points per game (23.2) than any of the other 815 players in this year's tourney. His dad is now the head coach of Creighton so there's no way he'll ever get yanked from a game for not playing well.

Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit

Another father/son combo. The former McDonald's All American turned down Florida, UCLA and others to play for his pops in Detroit. They have Detroit in the tournament for the first time since 1999 and will be a very dangerous 15 seed for the Jayhawks.

Derrick Gordon, Western Kentucky

The heralded freshman has lived up to the hype, leading the team in scoring averaging 11.8 points per game. Still, the Hilltoppers not only have a horrible nickname but also an unimpressive 15-18 record. Anything can happen during March Madness but they'll face a stacked Kentucky team....if they even get past Mississippi Valley State in the play-in game.

Drew Hanlen, Belmont

Arguably the best three point shooter in this year's tourney, Drew isn't the biggest or fastest guy but he's a hustle player with a deadly deep shoot. Hanlen is a hard worker off the court as well. He's the owner of Pure Sweat Basketball, a basketball training/development program that works with high school and college ballers that want to polish their game. He's even worked with NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant. Not bad for a 21 year old.

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

After surviving Hurricane Katrina by hiding in his church's attic with his grandmother, Isaiah found basketball to be his release. He's still haunted by the 2nd round loss to Butler a couple years ago but now he's a tourney veteran. Canaan is 4th in the country in three-point field-goal percentage and is ready to make a name for himself in this year's tournament.

Julian Boyd, LIU Brooklyn

This dude is a certified Dunk Machine!! Boyd is the reason they created Youtube I think. Check this out:

John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

John Jenkins has been called the best pure shooter in the country by quite a few analysts after their impressive showing in the SEC tournament. Plus he must be freaking smart if he goes to Vanderbilt. Jenkins is best when operating as a spot-up shooter. If he gets hot in the tournet I could see the Commodores beating their fellow nerds at Harvard and even getting to the sweet sixteen with a strong showing against the winner of the Wisconsin/Montana matchup.

Andre Roberson, Colorado

Roberson has an uncanny leaping ability. Don't believe me? Watch this video of him posterizing some poor bastard from Kansas State. He also averages 11.2 rebounds per game, good for 4th best in the country.


Mike Glover, Iona


Every year I pick an underdog school to cheer for. A couple years ago it was Acie Law and Texas A&M. Last year before the tourney started I decided to pull for VCU since a former co-worker used be the team manager there and talked about their basketball team nonstop. This season I'm pulling for the highest scoring school in the country, the Iona Gaels. The top scorer on the top scoring team in the country is Mike Glover, who had an interesting journey to Iona. Glover went to three different colleges before transferring to Iona. He has a three year old son and takes his responsibilities very serious. Glover tries to bring Mike Jr. with him to all his games and he's become a good luck charm of sorts for the Gaels. Let's hope he's extra lucky on Tuesday night as Iona battles BYU for a chance at the field of 64.