Mar 21, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1), guard Rasheed Sulaimon (14) and Duke Blue Devils forward Josh Hairston (15) react on the bench against the Mercer Bears in the first half of a men

The 3 Winners and Losers of March Madness

Every year someone makes a name for themselves during the tournament and others simply fade away.

The Risers

DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)- He’s 25 and has the body to dominate the college level and that’s exactly what he has been doing.  If any NBA team wants an NBA ready player right away this is their guy.

Kyle Anderson (UCLA)- Comparisons to Magic and Penny, Kyle has become a 6’9″ point guard sensation.  The thing that made me love him was his teams inability to do anything without him on the court.

Adreian Payne (Michigan St)-  If you don’t know who he is yet you soon will after they upset Virginia.  He’s as versatile of a big man as they come and the Jazz should take note as I think he is a definite option with the GSW pick.

The Decliners

Jabari Parker (Duke)-  The only thing worse than Duke losing to Mercer in the first round is the way that Jabari played in that game.  Going 4-14 and 0-3 from 3 point line along with 4 turnovers in a game that a “potential superstar” should take over is disheartening.  He definitely has many question marks going into the draft… if he enters it.

Zach Lavine (UCLA)-  As much as Kyle Anderson has helped his stock, Lavine has hurt his.  Lavine has showed me nothing in the three games they played and was unable to help UCLA out in a season ending game with the Gators.

Tyler Ennis (Syracuse)-  He shot up boards throughout the season but towards the end of the season and the tournament he failed to get his team where they needed to be.  He is still a solid pickup, but whether he can be a starter in the NBA is in real question.

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