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Rating Best Players at Final Four

Posted by Javier Morales on 4/3/2016 8:17:31 AM

The 2016 Final Four of Oklahoma, North Carolina, Villanova and Syracuse has an array of talent, otherwise these teams would not be in Houston. They have dynamic scorers, passers and shot-blockers.

Heading into Saturday's games, Brice Johnson of North Carolina was considered the cream of the crop with the best odds to win the Final Four Most Outstanding Player Award at +210 according to the SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was next at +325 followed by Villanova's Josh Hart (+600) .

The following is a look at some of the best players who made the Final Four:

Best scorer: Buddy Hield

Hield is the most explosive offensive player in college basketball this season. In the NCAA tournament, he was averaging 29 points per game entering the Final Four and has shot no worse than 46 percent from the floor in an outing. The senior can do it all on offense. He has improved his slashing game throughout his college career, and his shooting ability is obvious. As a freshman, Hield shot 23.8 percent from 3-point range. As a senior, he’s draining threes at a 46.5 percent clip.

Best shot-blocker: Daniel Ochefu

Ochefu has steadily improved as a rim protector each season at Villanova. Although there are other viable candidates for this distinction (Khadeem Lattin, Tyler Lydon and Kennedy Meeks come to mind), the burly Wildcat veteran is at the top. Ochefu is an integral part of Villanova's defense despite the fact he plays only 23 minutes a game. He makes the most of that opportunity, as he blocks 1.5 shots per game and affects many others.

Best rebounder: Brice Johnson

Anytime a player has length paired with a high intensity level, you know he’s going to be a devastating force on the glass. Johnson possesses both of those qualities, as the North Carolina forward grabs up 10.5 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels. Johnson is a huge asset on the offensive glass for the Tar Heels; any shot is a good shot when Johnson is there to clean up the mess.

Best perimeter defender: Mikal Bridges

With quick feet, solid defensive instincts and a wingspan that exceeds seven feet, Bridges of Villanova is the prototypical lockdown defender. In the Elite Eight, Bridges put the clamps on Perry Ellis, who went 1-for-5 with four points as the No. 1 seed Jayhawks were upset. He spearheads Villanova’s press, which has been an asset for the Wildcats all year long. Bridges is just a redshirt freshman, and the Final Four could serve as a springboard to an illustrious career at Villanova.

Best passer: Michael Gbinije

Gbinije of Syracuse is also the most underrated player at the Final Four. The former Duke player is a college basketball star and should be treated as such. As a 6-7 point guard, Gbinije is Syracuse’s best player on offense and wreaks havoc with his length in the 2-3 zone defense. The senior is notching 4.4 assists per game on the season and consistently keeps his teammates involved.

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