March is a big month for many different reasons. Many people look forward to having a nice Shamrock Shake, while others look forward to a nice corn beef and cabbage meal on St. Patrick’s Day. However, when it comes to the sports world, March is revolved around one of the most iconic sports tournaments in history. Some people know it as NCAA Basketball tournament, but most people know it as March Madness.
March Madness is not just any ordinary tournament and Bracket building event. It gives some of college’s most skilled basketball athletes and schools a chance to showcase their skills as they try and pave a bigger path to their future of a game they love.
March Madness 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19, which marked the first time in history the tournament was ever cancelled. While it may not have been the greatest feeling at the time, March Madness 2021 is set to give the world an amazing showcase of talent all in under a one month time frame.
While some of these college stars may make a return to their school next year, others are playing in their final games of their college career. For some of those college athletes who are playing in their final NCAA games, it will be the end of line. However, there will be some players who will be lucky enough to continue their basketball career and potentially be drafted into the NBA. That not only means that the NBA may have some familiar NCAA stars from this current year, but that also means that those players who get drafted will be making their way into NBA 2K22 when it releases later on this year. These are the five NCAA players you should keep an eye on during March Madness as you’re most likely to see in NBA 2K22.
1. Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) (PG)
Oklahoma State would be an average team if it weren’t for Cade Cunningham. I still think they would be a March Madness participant, but they wouldn’t be a projected number 4 seed in the tournament and definitely not ranked No. 12 in the country.
Cade Cunningham has produced an average of 19.7 PPG in 22 games played. Some other key stats to note about Cunningham is that he shoots 45.5% from the field, 42.5% from 3pt, and shoots 85.4% from the stripe.
Cade Cunningham won the Big 12 Player of the Year award along with the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award, sweeping both honors. With stats like he has been producing this season, Cunningham deserved every ounce of his awards.
Projections have Cade Cunningham being drafted to the NBA next season as the #1 overall pick. It is almost a guarantee that whoever lands the #1 overall pick, will end up drafting Cade Cunningham. I don’t see Oklahoma State really having any chance of winning this years March Madness tournament, but Cade Cunningham will do everything in his power to bring the Cowboys as far as possible.
Since there is no current NCAA basketball game to play, you will have to wait till NBA 2K22 is released before getting your hands on Cunningham, but nonetheless he is almost locked up to be a part of the game when it is released later on this year.