NCAA March Madness 2015: 5 Must-See College Basketball Players to Watch in Tournament
The 2015 College Basketball Division 1 tournament is about to begin, and some of the best college hoops players in the nation will be on display in the run to the Final Four-several Latinos among them.
The 68 best teams in the country will compete in four separate regions for the chance to claim the title "best college basketball team in the country."
As the United States of America has shown a larger Latino population than ever before, college basketball has joined the mix. This year's tournament has numerous Latinos thriving on the court, just waiting to make their mark in the National Basketball Association one day.
Here are five Latinos to keep an eye on in this year's NCAA Tournament hoops competition:
1. Karl-Anthony Towns
Kentucky is the No. 1 seed heading into this incredible 68-team playoff. They haven't lost a single game since, well, last year. Much of the reason the Wildcats have had so much success is because of their Dominican forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns. He may be a freshman, but he's shooting over 56 percent from the field this season and an incredible 81.4 percent from the free throw line. Towns leads the Wildcats in blocks and rebounds this season. Don't be surprised if Towns gets selected No. 1 overall in the 2015 NBA draft.
2. Chris Reyes
Utah is the No. 5 seed in the South region, and they will open their tournament against Stephen F. Austin. Reyes was a red shirt freshman last season, so he didn't see any playing time. The Mexican forward is a powerful player who is very valuable to Utah's defensive game. He's somewhat comparable to Dennis Rodman. Some of his best attributes include grabbing offensive rebounds and giving the Utah offense second-chance points. Utah will need Reyes's defense if they want to win the South region.
3. Devin Booker
It's no surprise that Kentucky finished the regular season a perfect 34-0, and they're chasing the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, who were the last undefeated team. They know how to recruit talent. Puerto Rican guard Devin Booker has played a crucial role in Kentucky's success this year, having finished second on the team in scoring. In many ways, he's comparable to Manu Ginobili for the San Antonio Spurs. He has a great jump shot, and he can distribute the ball when needed. What makes Booker so valuable is that he lacks a weakness, and he is a great all-around player. Booker is looking to follow in his father's footsteps of playing in the NBA.
4. Anthony Perez
The Ole Miss Rebels will be playing in the NCAA tournament, after all. On Tuesday, they defeated the BYU Cougars, 94-90. They enter as the No. 11 seed and will play Xavier in Round One. Venezuelan-born forward Anthony Perez could be the difference for an Ole Miss upset in the West regional. Perez, now a junior, has battled back strong from injuries this season, and his rebounding will be needed going forward.
5. Eric Garcia
The Wofford Terriers enter the tournament as the No. 12 seed in the West region. They will take on No. 5 Arkansas on Thursday, March 19 on TNT. Eric Garcia had an average freshman season last year, but the Mexican point guard is back and better than ever this season. Garcia is making more than 52 percent of his two point shots from the field, and he ranks second on the team in assists this year. If Wofford is going to have any chance at all of upsetting Arkansas, Garcia has to bring his "A" game.
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