While it's been documented in earnest, the 2010 NCAA Tournament was weird. Very weird. A group of heralded freshman and outspoken coach didn't even win their region. A small school in a Mid-Western city has suddenly morphed into an elite basketball program. Furthermore, seven teams seeded under four reached the Sweet 16, meaning a bunch of no name dudes thrust themselves into the forefront of American sports for a few weeks in March. Call it 15 minutes of fame? Perhaps. Whatever it is, here are four players and one team that will be getting the "Hey Remember Him/Them!?" treatment by the year 2015.
Tweety Carter (Baylor)
Some may disagree, as the McDonalds High School All-American made the Elite Eight Bears go, but Carter's big smile and quirky first name mask Carter's actual talent and ability to play in the pros. A career 36 percent three-point shooter during his time in Waco, Carter's inconsistent scoring outputs and turnover problems means he's a D-Leagueer at best. DraftExpress refuses to even acknowledge Carter in their senior rankings, meaning there's absolutely no room for the 23-year old on Madison Square Garden's theater podium.
Ali Farokhmanesh (Northern Iowa)
ESPN Radio is currently running a promo for Colin Cowherd's show in which Colin emphasizes his slight disdain for the tournament. The reason for his beef is primarily because one of the most memorable players is not Evan Turner or John Wall, it's a diminutive guard from Northern Iowa named Fark-ma-nesh. Yes, as in the wrong way to say Farokhmanesh. Poor kid; the Worldwide Leader is even poking fun at you.
Ali was my Grandmother's favorite college basketball player this tournament. No joke, and he was probably your grandmother's favorite player too. Any sub six-foot Caucasian who can hit a ballsy three in transition over powerhouse Kansas earns that distinction hands down. Compared to the others in this post, Faroukmanesh has the slimmest chance to play professional basketball... in America or Angola. The dude has a nice shot, but he was truly just a "perfect place, perfect time" type of player. So long Ali. I feel like I hardly knew ya.
The Entire Cornell Big Red Roster
My favorite team in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to some coaching by The New York Times' Pete Thamel, the Big Red were a classic senior-laden team who had been playing for this type of opportunity for four years. They advanced to the second weekend of the tournament, made basketball relevant among the undergrads, only to lead their head coach to bolt for greener pastures. Seven footer Jeff Foote and sharpshooting Ryan Whittman may get some NBA looks, but both are much better suited to lead a random German league in scoring than ride the pine stateside. As Ivy League grads, they're probably wise enough to bolt for that overseas money, too.
Omar Samhan (Saint Mary's)
For a kid who looked like he wore over sized t-shirts in public swimming pools growing up, Samhan really maximized his opportunities as a college basketball player. It still amazes me that a team can lose a scorer in Patty Mills and rebound hound Diamon Simpson, and improve in their absence. Samhan thought we was pretty cool. He might be, as many were digging his role as prophet, but I wasn't really buying his brand. The NBA might, however. While I am not sure how long his career will be, expect the Gaels star to open the 2010-2011 NBA season on a roster. He will have to prove he can log minutes and, like the scouts say "do one thing really well," to stick around.
Matt Howard (Butler)
While the Bulldogs big man still has another year of eligibility, it's certainly not going to be a season where his NBA draft stock rises to the point where he's a sure fire pro. The dude is a hack-job, not in the sense that he's not talented, but in the sense that he is about as foul prone a player as you can imagine. He even looks the part too. A loveable guy and Academic All-American, Howard is the true embodiment of a college basketball player.