The best current NBA player from every Sweet 16 team left in the NCAA Tournament

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1. North Carolina Tar Heels: Coby White

This was one of the toughest calls on the board, and as recently as a few months ago my answer would have been very different. But Coby White has gone from looking like a bust to a future All-Star this season for the Bulls.

Ever since Zach Lavine first got injured, White’s game has taken off. This season he’s putting up 19.3 points,  4.7 rebounds, and 5.2 assists a game, and he’s the second favorite for this year’s Most Improved Player Award behind only Tyrese Maxey of the 76ers.

For comparison, last year White started just two games all season, averaging under 10 points, under 3 rebounds, and under 3 assists. He’s playing almost 13 more minutes per game this year, his usage has gone up considerably, and his efficiency has actually improved.

Other Tar Heels in the league who warranted consideration included Harrison Barnes of the Kings (a little too old and washed), Cam Johnson of the Nets(would have been my choice coming into the season but hasn’t been great), and Cole Anthony of the Magic (good sixth man). But White is doing more for his team than any of those guys this season.

UNC, of course, has an incredible legacy in the NBA, highlighted by one Michael Jordan. But they’re also responsible for such legends as James Worthy, Bob McAdoo, Vince Carter, Billy Cunningham, Rasheed Wallace, and many, many more.