Nerlens Noel's short, strange and NBA-mandated college basketball career is almost certainly over after just 24 games and one scary knee injury. He'll be fine, most likely, but college basketball fans are still worse off for not getting to watch him figure out for himself how his dazzling talent works.
Given that we already know who Demarcus Cousins is—an enigmatic but increasingly undeniable force, and someone who could well be the NBA's best big man in a year or two—it's amazing how much of a mystery he remains. Until, that is, you remember that he's still just 22 years old.
In anticipation of the Final Four, we're highlighting four players whose very presence on the court is a reason to watch. Here, we salute Thomas Robinson's unique combination of patience and passion.
During his long life in basketball, Jeff Ruland has been a McDonald's All-American and NBA All-Star, and a successful college coach and NBA assistant. So what's the bruiser formerly known as McNasty doing coaching at the Division II University of the District of Columbia?
There is a place where the University of Kentucky's basketball team still rocks the cat-scratch uniforms, high-top fades never went out of style, and Pete Maravich scores 50 in total silence. Thanks to the booming, but still strangely secretive, internet trade in vintage sporting events, that place is your DVD player.