The NCAA Tournament provides the most drama of a single month in the sports calendar. There are buzzer-beaters, Cinderella teams, and nets getting cut down. There’s a reason why it’s called March Madness, and that’s because it can make you go mad with sadness or joy.
The tournament also creates legends. It can cement great players as heroes to their schools or it can insert otherwise unknowns into the lore of the tournament. Who will be this year’s history makers? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Until then, we’ve put together a list of players who had memorable college careers. Take a look at each player and think about where you were when their moment of madness happened.
In 2011, Jimmer Fredette was on top of the world. In his senior season at BYU, Jimmer lead the NCAA in scoring (28.9 ppg) and was named the 2011 National Player of the Year. Jimmer was a threat to score from any spot on the court — so much so — that the term “Jimmer-range” was created to describe the endless range of his deadly three-point shot.
In his senior season, he led the Cougars to the Sweet 16 and finished his career as BYU’s all-time leading scorer. His star was amplified in the early days of the social media era, despite playing at a school with the seize and exposure of Brigham Young University.