The 2012 NCAA Tournament is in full swing with the teams finally set for the Sweet 16. There have been some surprises like Ohio University, Cinncinnati, and Xavier advancing as well as some of what we expected like Kentucky, North Carolina, and Ohio State moving on, so how’s your barcket doing?
If it’s like mine, it’s rolled up and stuffed into the trash bin after Friday’s disasterous round of upsets. So that’s why we’ve decided to do something a bit different than our usual spot on, run of the mill NCAA hoops analysis like highlighting some of the most unheralded stars in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
This time around we are focusing on the many number of famous siblings taking part in the “Big Dance.” In past years we have seen Steph Curry, son of former NBA star Dell Curry leading Davidson on a deep Tourney run, along with Minnesota’s Ralph Sampson III, son of NBA Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson, helping the Golden Gophers compete in opening round action.
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With the ineligibility of Syracuse star big man Fab Melo for the entire 2012 NCAA Tournament, Coach Boeheim decided to make the rash move of inserting highly touted freshman Rakeem Christmas into the starting line-up. The defensive oriented center responded well by tallying 14 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds to help the ‘Cuse advance to another Sweet 16.
For those of you that don’t remember, Rakeem is the younger brother of former Temple University stand-out Dionte Christmas, who became the first player to lead the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring for 3 consecutive seasons from 2006-2009. After a stellar collegiate career with the Owls that included scoring more than 2,000 points and draining more than 300 3 point shots, Dionte bounced around the NBA for 2 seasons with the Sixers and Clippers before playing overseas in the Czech Republic and Greece.
As the starting shooting guard for the Ohio Bobcats, Nick Kellogg played a key part in the Bobcats’ advancing to their first ever Sweet 16 by dropping 15 points and draining 4 treys in their two wins over Michigan and South Florida.
Nick has a famous father as both a former stand-out collegiate and pro ballplayer as well as being a headlining CBS college basketball analyst for CBS. Nick’s dad Clark Kellogg was a McDonald’s All American in high school before starring at the Ohio State University from ’79-’82. He was selected as the #8 pick in the 1982 NBA Draft but played only 4 seasons in the Association due to chronic knee problems. Clark went on to be a broadcaster for ESPN before taking over for Billy Packer as lead analyst for CBS in the NCAA Tournament.
As one of the very best freshmen in all of America, Cody has helped lead the resurgence of Indiana basketball, taking them into the Sweet 16 of this year’s Tournament. He scored 30 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists in wins over New Mexico State and VCU.
Cody is the younger brother of current North Carolina stand-out Tyler Zeller and former Notre Dame player Luke Zeller. Both are the nephews of former NBA star Al Eberhard, who was once the 15th pick in the 1974 NBA Draft.
Even though the Blue Devils lost a suprising 2nd Round game to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, junior Seth Curry, and his 13 ppg will be back next season to help Duke once again be one of the powerhouse teams in the ACC conference.
Seth is the younger brother of current Golden State Warrior stand-out Steph Curry, who once led Davidson to an Elite Eight run in 2008. Their father is Dell Curry, who is one of the NBA’s all time leading 3 point shooters, playing for Utah Cleveland, Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Toronto.
Sophomore forward Jon Horford unfortunately missed a majority of the 2012 season because of a serious foot injury but should return next season and play a prominent part in the Wolverines resurgence almong the nation’s elite teams. Prior to the unfortunate injury, he was showing some promise scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds, and blocking 3 shots against UCLA.
Jon is the younger brother of Al Horford, current star forward for the Atlanta Hawks and former collegiate stand-out at Florida. His father Tito Horford was also once a former NBA player in the late 80’s. He was the first Dominican player ever drafted in the NBA.
Similarly to most of the other players on the list, Notre Dame sophomore swingman come from a famous basketball family. When he’s not dropping 12 ppg and 5 assists on opposing Big East opponents, Jerian was doing his part to help the Irish advance to the 3rd Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Jerian’s older brother Jerai, once played for the University of Clemson, while his father Harvey Grant, played 11 seasons in the NBA for 4 different teams. His uncle is Horace Grant, a 4 time NBA Champion as a member of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Jerian also has a younger brother Jerami, who will be playing a s a freshman at Syracuse next season.
Todd is a stand-out bench performer for Coach Buzz Peterson’s Marquette squad that has a date with the Florida Gators in the Round of 16 this Thursday. Mayo has been key, providing instant offense as part of the second unit, even scoing in double figures in 15 games this season.
Todd is the younger brother of current Grizzlies superstar OJ Mayo, who once was one of the best high school players in the latter parts of the 2000’s.
While the average fan has only seen a few glimpses of fabulous freshman James McAdoo this season, there is no doubt he has the potential to be one of the Tarheels go-to-guys next season. In the 2012 NCAA Tournament, he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 2 wins to help the Heels advance to the Sweet 16.
James is the nephew of NBA Hll of Famer Bob McAdoo, who was a 3 time scoring champion, league MVP, and 5 time All Star.
Only a sophomore, Tim Hardaway Jr is already one of the nation’s best scorers, averaging 14 ppg in his 2 seasons in Ann Arbor. Tim Jr has scored 20 or more points 6 times during his sophomore campaign.
Tim’s famous father is Tim Hardaway Sr, who was a 5 time NBA All Star and scored more than 15,000 points in 14 seasons.
Before the arrival of fabulous freshman Kevin Pangos at Gonzaga this season, all the buzz was about David Stockton, since he is the son of arguably the NBA’s best all time pure point guard John Stockton.
Despite coming off the bench, David makes key contributions as back-up point guard, providing timely scoring and deft passes when needed. David’s father John is the NBA’s all time leader in assists and steals.
As the leading scorer for the Blue Devils as a freshman, it goes without saying that Austin Rivers has a lot to live up to as Coach K’s go-to-guy on offense. But that isn’t the worst part since Austin is the son of current Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who also was once a stand-out NBA player for 21 seasons, most memorably with the Hawks and NY Knicks. Doc also won an NBA championship and Coach of the Year in 2008.
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