Kevin C. Cox - Getty Images Everyone knows Marcus Smart and Julius Randle (pictured), but what lesser-known college players in the tourney once starred on DFW-area high school teams? Take a look at SportsDay's list.
Sue Ogrocki - AP Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, Flower Mound Marcus / Smart has been a lightning rod for attention this year, entering the national spotlight in February when he shoved a Texas Tech fan at a game in Lubbock, then again when he was the target of hundreds of hecklers when the Iowa State student section to flopped in unison to mock him. Those moments aside, the Flower Mound Marcus product can flat-out play and he has been projected as a first round NBA draft pick on some boards.
Cooper Neill - Getty Images Phil Forte, Oklahoma State, Flower Mound Marcus / Like his current teammate Marcus Smart, Flower Mound Marcus was Forte's old stomping ground. In the 2012 state championship game, Forte and Smart combined for 39 points en route to winning back to back 5A titles.
Sue Ogrocki - AP Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State, Lincoln / Nash made his commitment to Oklahoma State on an ESPNU telecast and he has not disappointed. As a senior in high school he averaged 21.6 points per game, and this year he continues to serve as an integral part of the team, averaging 14.2 points per game for the Cowboys.
Cooper Neill - Getty Images Kamari Murphy, Oklahoma State, Lincoln/IMG Academy / Murphy has grown into a serviceable inside player for Oklahoma State and the former Lincoln product is now the team leader in blocks this season with 40.
Jerome Miron - USA TODAY Sports Leyton Hammonds, Oklahoma State, Richland / Hammonds has become a role player off the bench, seeing time in 30 games for OSU this year.
Brendan Maloney - USA TODAY Sports Prince Ibeh, Texas, Garland Namaan Forest / Prince was part of Naaman Forest's state semifinalist team in 2012 and he continued his career in Austin soon after. Now a sophomore, Ibeh is second on the team in blocks and among the leaders in points for non-starters.
Soobum Im - USA TODAY Sports Demarcus Holland, Texas, Garland Naaman Forest / Holland is one of three players to have started all 32 of Texas' games this season. The guard is averaging 7.2 points per game.
Andy Lyons - Getty Images Julius Randle, Kentucky, Prestonwood / Randle went through high school as one of the top recruits in the nation and after committing to Kentucky during his senior year, the attention is still on the teenager as he is a projected first-round draft pick for the NBA.
Chuck Liddy - MCT Matt Jones, Duke, DeSoto / Jones was a McDonald's All-American in high school where he played for head coach Chris Dyer. He is on the floor at Duke this year and helping contribute to the Blue Devils' 24-7 season.
Courtesy photo - Stephen F. Austin athletics Jason Martin, Stephen F. Austin, John Paul II / Helped his high school win back-to-back TAPPS 5A state championships, and the freshman has appeared in 13 games for the win-happy Lumberjacks.
Lara Solt - Staff Photographer Zach Peters, Arizona, Plano Prestonwood / A top-100 recruit who averaged 15 points and nine rebounds as a senior, Peters briefly attended Kansas before transferring to Arizona in November 2012. The 6-foot-10, redshirt freshman forward has appeared in 10 games.
Orlin Wagner - AP Justin Wesley, Kansas, North Crowley / The 2009 District 3-5A Defensive Player of the Year is one of three seniors for the Jayhawks. He's only played in 14 games this year as injuries have paid a toll on 6-foot-9 forward.
Jim O'Connor - USA TODAY Sports Austin Chatman, Creighton, The Colony / Chatman has followed up his spot on the Missouri Valley Conference's Most Improved Team has the Bluejays' third-leading scorer (7.8 ppg) for a top 25 program. He averaged 15.1 points and five assists per game as a senior at The Colony, and was co-offensive player of the year in District 5-4A as a junior.
Al Behrman - AP Titus Rubles, Cincinnati, Grand Prairie God's Academy / Academy's all-time leading rebounder Rubles averaged 16.8 points and 13.6 rebounds per game as a senior before attending Independence (Kan.) Community College and Blinn College. He landed at Cincy last season and is the team's third-leading scorer (7.3) and second-best rebounder (6.7) this season.
Troy Taormina - USA TODAY Sports Kendal Yancy, Texas, Richardson Berkner / Ranked in the top 100 prospects nationally, the back-to-back District 9-5A MVP has played in 32 games this season of the Longhorns and averages 3.5 points per game. Yancy's brother, Terrel Harris, played for the Miami Heat and New Orleans Hornets and currently is in the D-League.
Jamie Squire - Getty Images Isaiah Austin, Baylor, Arlington Grace Prep / One of Scott Drew's biggest recruits, Austin could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year but decided to stick around and is on one of the hottest teams in the tournament field. Austin, a McDonald's All-American, won two straight state titles. This year, he averages 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
RICH SUGG - MCT Thomas Gipson, Kansas State, Cedar Hill / Gipson averaged 15 poitns per game as a senior where he helped the Longhorns to a 33-4 record. As a perennial starter, he is averaging 11.8 points per game this season with the Wildcats (second on the team), and he leads the squad with 6.5 rebounds per game.
LYNN HEY - AP Trey Davis, UMass, Woodrow Wilson / He is the Minutemen's sixth man, averaging nearly 10 points off the bench in his second season. As a 6-foot guard, he averaged over 25 points and seven rebounds per game his senior season.
Tony Ding - AP Nathan Hawkins, Nebraska, Rowlett / Started for four years at Rowlett, averaging 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in his career, and has appeared in 15 games during his freshman seaosn for the resurgent Huskers.
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Matt Fraschilla, Harvard, Highland Park / Frashilla, the son of TV analyst Fran Fraschilla, is in his freshman year at Harvard where he plays limited minutes off the bench.
Brendan Sullivan/Staff Photograp James Fraschilla, Oklahoma, Highland Park / The family ties remain strong with the Fraschillas both suiting up in the NCAA Tournament.
Eli Lucero - AP Michale Kyser, Louisiana Tech, Lancaster / Kyser has continued to make an impact for the NCAA tournament-bound Louisiana Tech. He was a four-year letter winner at Lancaster high school, and was part of the team that reached the 4A state championship game.
Cooper Neill - Special Contributor Jeffrey Carroll, Oklahoma State, Rowlett / Part of an amazing core of seniors at Rowlett, Carroll is now working his way up the depth chart at Oklahoma State. As a senior at RHS he averaged 22.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Ridge Shipley, Cal Poly, Hebron / Shipley led Hebron to a 34-game winning streak and is now averaging 14.5 minutes per game in his freshman season at Cal Poly. He hit the game winning three-pointer to win the conference tournament and land his team a first-ever berth in the NCAA tournament.
Chris Nicoll - USA TODAY Sports Jordan Richardson, Weber State, Lewisville / In high school, Richardson set a Lewisville record for most points in a single game with 46. He now plays 28.9 minutes per game in his senior season for the Wildcats.
G.J. McCarthy/Staff Photographer Rashard Smith, Tulsa, Plano / Smith starred at Plano Senior and now averages 12.3 points per game in his junior season at Tulsa.
Nathan Hunsinger - Staff Photographer Joel Bolomboy, Weber State, Keller Central / Bolomboy is a sophomore forward at Weber State where he averages 10.8 rebounds per game. In high school, he led the state 5A in scoring and rebounding and earned First Team All-State honors.
Dennis Montgomery - AP Jeremy Senglin, Weber State, Arlington Bowie / Senglin is a freshman at Weber State and is averaging 11.1 points and 29.9 minutes per game. In high school, he received All-District honors and was named District MVP.
Vernon Bryant - Staff Photographer Brandon Allums, Texas, Plano West / Allums was a star at Plano West, and managed to land a spot on the Texas Longhorns as a walk-on.
Alonzo Adams - USA TODAY Sports Mason Cox, Oklahoma State, Flower Mound Marcus / A soccer player in high school, the 6-10 Cox turned his skills to hoops while in college and he has seen some court time, despite never playing for his high school.
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