March Madness is here! Take a look at 5 of the most exciting under the radar guards playing in this NCAA Tournament this year.
JaQuori Mclaughlin-UCSB: A smooth and efficient combo guard who is hard to speed up. There is simply no fat in Mclaughlin's game. He is either scoring at the rim or from distance with fast processing and great feel. He has enough athleticism to play above rim and could give Creighton a fit with his ability to pick apart the offense.
Dejon Jarreau-Houston: A wiry shot creator who has battled through a ton of adversity throughout his collegiate career. The New Orleans native is a wild card in a very dynamic Houston offense who is capable of impacting the game in a multitude of ways with great length and tremendous activity. His scoring comes in waves and whether or not he can harness his immense talent will be a big factor in how far Houston can go in the big dance.
Jason Preston-Ohio: Now one of the worst kept secrets in college basketball, Preston is a flashy lead guard with a creation aesthetic that is not so dissimilar from the Chino Hills phenom Lamelo Ball. There are some questions about how Preston will get to his spots and create advantages against the superb athletes he will be facing in this tournament, but the process will be exciting either way for the soon to be NBA draft pick.
Chandler Vaudrin-Winthrop: Is he a guard? A wing? A point forward? Hard to say but whatever Vaudrin is he will be a must watch in this March Madness tournament. The 6'8 play-making savant often looks like he's moving in slow motion but its hard to argue with the results as he's a triple double threat almost every night on a Winthrop team playing great basketball. Its hard to say whether Vaudrin's limited athleticism is going to make him a liability against a team Villanova filled with great size and tremendous athletes but its certainly going to be entertaining watching the crafty former D2 player maximize his IQ against a high major opponent.
Javion Hamlet- North Texas: Hamlet is a physical jack of all trades who Purdue, and very college teams anywhere, have a clear answer for on the defensive end. He combines an effective mid-range game with crafty finishing and should hopefully spearhead a gritty North Texas team into a Dark Horse tournament run.
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Skyler Beauchamp is a Senior Sport Management Major at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs