Massachusetts players in the NCAA Tournament

A look at players from Massachusetts whose teams are in the NCAA Tournament.

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Ted Bancroft, Providence

  • Class/hometown (high school): Senior, Marion (Bishop Stang HS)

  • After walking on four years ago, the 6-6 guard played 29 games as a junior and 30 this season for a Friars team that won its first Big East title since 1994.

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Kadeem Batts, Providence

  • Class/hometown (high school): Senior, Boston (John McEachern HS)

  • Since being suspended two years ago for “failing to meet his obligations as a student-athlete,” the 6-9 forward hasn’t missed a game for the Friars, averaging 12.4 points and 7.6 rebounds as a key piece of their front court.


Kyle Casey, Harvard

  • Class/hometown (high school): Senior, Medway (Brimmer & May HS)

  • The 6-7 forward returned to the Crimson as the back line of the best defense in the Ivy. Also was All-Ivy honorable mention.

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Evan Cummins, Harvard

  • Class/hometown (high school): Sophomore, Westborough (Northfield Mount Hermon HS)

  • With Kenyatta Smith out for the season, the 6-9 forward was a part of a crew of big men that grandly did the grunt work to fill his void, averaging 2.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 fouls.

Austin Carroll, American

  • Class/hometown (high school): Senior, Bedford (Brewster Academy)

  • Son of former Celtics coach John Carroll, the 6-3 guard left Rutgers for more minutes at American, where he’s played in 24 games for the Eagles this year.


Gerard Coleman, Gonzaga

  • Class/hometown (high school): Junior, Boston (Tilton School)

  • After transferring from Providence, the 6-4 guard chipped in 6.2 points off the bench for the Zags.

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Russ DeRemer, Syracuse

  • Class/hometown (high school): Junior, Wrentham (Worcester Academy)

  • The 6-5 guard (No. 23 in photo) only saw the floor three times this year, including Syracuse’s loss to Virginia earlier this month, but he crushed the six-pound Frittata Challenge at local breakfast spot Mother’s Cupboard in 25 minutes.

Tom Hamel, Harvard

  • Class/hometown (high school): Senior, Methuen (Phillips Andover HS)

  • The 6-foot-9-inch forward has been there for all four of the Crimson’s Ivy League titles and three tournament appearances since 2010-11.

Sam Malone, Kentucky

  • Class/hometown (high school): Junior, Scituate (Scituate HS)

  • In three years since walking on, the 5-11 guard hasn’t seen the floor much, but he’s earned a scholarship, overcome four knee surgeries and seen teammates like Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Nerlens Noel hop to the NBA.

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Shabazz Napier, UConn

  • Class/hometown (high school): Senior, Roxbury (Charlestown HS)

  • The 6-1 guard thought about leaving for the NBA after last season, but returned to win AAC player of the year and lead the Huskies back to the tournament.


Georges Niang, Iowa State

  • Class/hometown (high school): Sophomore, Methuen (Tilton School)

  • One of the most versatile forwards in the Big 12, the 6-7 Niang averaged 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

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Nick Pagliuca, Duke

  • Class/hometown (high school): Freshman, Weston (Milton Academy)

  • The 6-3 guard followed his older brother Joe to Durham, N.C. One of the perks of being the son of Celtics part-owner Stephen Pagliuca? Getting tips on your jumper from Kevin Garnett.


Wayne Selden, Jr., Kansas

  • Class/hometown (highschool): Freshman, Roxbury (Tilton School)

  • Bill Self said the 6-5 guard (10 points and 2.5 assists) could’ve been a freshman of the year candidate if Kansas didn’t already have two of them (Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid).

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Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona

  • Class/hometown (high school): Sophomore, Claremont, N.H., (St. Mark’s)

  • He’s nicknamed “Zeus,” and that’s about all you need to know about a 7-foot center who averaged 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds.


Naadir Tharpe, Kansas

  • Class/hometown (highschool): Junior, Worcester (Brewster Academy)

  • The floor general on a young team, the 5-11 Tharpe finished third in the Big 12 with 5.2 assists per game.

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