Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
Position: Power forward
School: Gonzaga, 11-seed, Midwest region
If his last name sounds familiar, it's because it is. Domantas Sabonis is the son of former Soviet Union/Lithuania great Arvydas, who didn't arrive in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers until he was well past his prime.
The younger Sabonis turned down a 3-year, $630,000 contract to play basketball in Spain to come to the NCAA and Gonzaga. In his debut season, he helped the Bulldogs to an Elite Eight appearance, where they lost to eventual champions Duke, and he was named to the all-tournament team for the South region. Going into his sophomore season, ESPN had him ranked 20th in the NCAA.
Sabonis lived up to expectations, nearly doubling his points output from 9.7 to 17.4 points per game. On top of that, Sabonis averaged 11.6 rebounds - and grabbed 15 or more eight times. There was talk Sabonis would go pro after his freshman year, but he later said he never seriously considered the option. Given his success this season, the tournament looks like it'll be his last go in the collegiate game.