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Ten seniors worth following you might never hear from again

The NCAA tournament is filled with players you'll be watching in the NBA for years. UNLV's Anthony Bennett and Kansas' Ben McLemore are two obvious examples. But a lot of the students on display are guys you might never hear from or about again.

They are seniors.

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They are not projected NBA Draft picks.

Here are 10 (in alphabetical order) worth monitoring:

1. Ryan Broekhoff (Valparaiso): The Crusaders' most famous NCAA tournament appearance featured a small guard who averaged 19.8 points per game and nailed an iconic buzzer-beater. Now that guard is the coach, and his best player is a 6-foot-7 forward averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game.

2. Mike Bruesewitz (Wisconsin): The Big Ten's most recognizable redhead has played at least 20 minutes in 23 consecutive games. He understands Bo Ryan's system and knows how to flourish in it. The 6-foot-6 forward can hurt opponents inside and from the perimeter.

3. Junior Cadougan (Marquette): He's not as gifted as some other Canadians who have played college basketball (Tristan Thompson), are now playing college basketball (Myck Kabongo) or will play college basketball next season (Andrew Wiggins). But Cadougan has developed into a nice college point guard who is averaging 8.7 points and 4.1 assists for the Big East co-champions.

4. Ian Clark (Belmont): The 6-foot-3 guard has averaged at least 24.6 minutes per game in all four seasons with the Bruins. He's averaging 18.1 points this season and has scored 30 three times, most recently in January during a win over Tennessee-Martin.

5. Mike Hart (Gonzaga): The 6-foot-6 guard has gone from somebody who didn't receive a single scholarship offer out of high school to a starter for the nation's No. 1 team. He averages 16.7 minutes per game and almost never shoots or turns the ball over. Hart is probably the best story in a program full of great ones.

6. Jordan Hulls (Indiana): The Bloomington native was practically born to be a Hoosier given that he's a local kid whose grandfather worked on Bob Knight's staff. Hulls is limited athletically and physically. But he sure can shoot. He makes 46.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

7. Reggie Johnson (Miami): His numbers are down from last season even if his weight might not be. But Johnson is still college basketball's best-known big-bodied post player. And he's a great interview, too. When he talks, you should listen.

8. Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee State): MTSU has six different players averaging between 8.7 and 6.2 points per game. But the Blue Raiders' top scorer is Knight, a 6-foot-2 guard averaging 12.5 points. He's a junior college transfer and nursing student. So he's capable of advancing in this event and/or checking your blood pressure.

9. Rodney McGruder (Kansas State): Bruce Weber found a nice landing spot at KSU that was made nicer by McGruder, the best piece whom Frank Martin left behind. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the field.

10. Kwamain Mitchell (Saint Louis): The 5-foot-10 guard started his college career in 2008 and is still eligible only because he was suspended for the 2010-11 season after allegations of sexual assault. He's averaging a career-low 10.0 points per game but remains a big reason why SLU is the Atlantic 10 regular-season champ and Atlantic 10 tournament champ.

 
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