'C' the future: How did potential C's fare on Thursday?

'C' the future: How did potential C's fare on Thursday?
March 21, 2014, 10:15 am
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NEW YORK — As usual, the NCAA Tournament had its share of blowouts, big upsets and this season, a bunch of guys who have been on the Boston Celtics' radar for months.

With their own draft pick falling somewhere in the top 10 and a second that'll be in the teens, there are many different directions Boston can go in terms of adding talent from this year's draft class.

Here's a recap of how some of the potential Green Teamers fared in NCAA Tournament action on Thursday.

Syracuse - G Tyler Ennis

The 6-foot-2 freshman led the Orange to a 77-53 thumping of Western Michigan. He finished with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting, along with six assists.

Syracuse - F Jerami Grant

Slowed down by a sore back during Syracuse's late-season swoon, Grant appears to be healthy again. He chipped in 16 points along with five rebounds and two steals as Syracuse moved on to face upset-minded Dayton.

Michigan State - F Adreian Payne

One of the biggest shockers of the day in terms of breakout performances came from this guy who literally brought the pain (pun totally intended) to the Delaware Blue Hens. He scored a career-high 41 points (it's also a Michigan State NCAA tournament record) in the Spartan's 93-78 win. Making the milestone even more impressive was how it came about in such an efficient manner with him needing just 15 field goal attempts.

Michigan State - G Gary Harris

With so much of the offense flowing through Payne, Michigan State didn't need a big-time performance from Harris. He finished with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting along with four rebounds.

Michigan - G Nik Stauskas

While much of the attention in Michigan's 57-40 win over Wofford went to Glen Robinson III (he had 14 points and was playing in the same building where his dad starred for the Milwaukee Bucks), Stauskas had a solid game for the Wolverines as well. He finished with a team-high 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting which included 3-for-6 on 3s.

N.C. State — G/F  T.J. Warren

Warren proved yet again why he's considered one of the better scorers in the NCAA tournament - make that, was in the NCAA tournament after the Wolfpack lost an 83-80 overtime thriller to St. Louis.

The story of this game was free throws; specifically 17 that were missed by N.C. State. And although Warren had a game-high 28 points, he should easily eclipsed the 30-point barrier when you consider he was 6-for-14 from the line which included a late miss in overtime that would have tied the game.

Louisville — C Montrezl Harrell

The Cardinals survived a scare from Manhattan with a 71-64 win, and Harrell's play certainly was a factor. He finished with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with four blocked shots.