The Madness has begun.
While the most jam-packed month of excitement for basketball fans continues this weekend, some players from within the state and around the area are worthy of noting. Whether these players are key contributors such as Kansas State’s Dean Wade and Wichita State’s Connor Frankamp and Landry Shamet, or well-known ballers from the area such as Creighton’s Mitchell Ballock, a dive into this year’s rosters of the NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament teams shows numerous competitors native to Kansas (and the Kansas City area).
Wade leads the Wildcats in both points (16.5) and rebounds (6.3) per game. He has shot 55 percent from the field this season. Shamet averages 15 points per game and 5.1 assists per game for the Shockers and teammate Frankamp averages 10.1 points per game.
In his first collegiate season, Ballock has played in all 32 games, averaging seven points per game and shooting 42.6 percent from the field.
No. 11-seeded Loyola-Chicago upset No. 6 Miami University Thursday 64-62 on a buzzer beater. Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson, both of Blue Valley Northwest High School, have been key contributors this season. Custer is Loyola’s leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game and 4.2 assists per game.
Here is the full list: (Note — With the round of 32 underway today and Sunday, several teams including Wichita State and Oklahoma have already been eliminated. Nevertheless, those teams’ names have been listed for consistency).
University of Kansas
Clay Young, senior guard from Lansing (Lansing High School)
Chris Teahan, freshman guard from Leawood (Rockhurst High School)
Kansas State University
Dean Wade, junior forward from St. John (St. John High School)
Mason Schoen, senior guard from Overland Park (Blue Valley NW High School)
Pierson McAtee, sophomore forward from Manhattan (Manhattan High School)
Patrick Muldoon, junior forward from Basehor (Basehor-Linwood High School)
Kade Kinnamon, junior guard from St. John (St. John High School)
Wichita State University
Connor Frankamp, senior guard from Wichita (North High School)
Landry Shamet, sophomore guard from Kansas City, Missouri (Park Hill High School)
Samajae Haynes-Jones, junior guard from Wichita (East HS)
Jacob Herrs, freshman guard from Wichita (Andover HS)
Brycen Bush, freshman guard from Wichita (Eisenhower High School)
Brett Barney, sophomore center from Wichita (Maize South HS)
Patrick Geha, junior forward from Leawood (Rockhurst High School)
Tyler Clement, senior guard from Shawnee (St. Thomas Aquinas High School)
Mitchell Ballock, freshman guard from Eudora (Eudora High School)
Clayton Custer, junior guard from Overland Park (Blue Valley NW High School)
Ben Richardson, senior guard from Overland Park (Blue Valley NW High School)
Alex Martin, sophomore guard from Overland Park (Blue Valley High School/Johnson County CC)
University of North Carolina
Shea Rush, sophomore forward from Fairway (The Barstow School — Kansas City, Missouri)