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Penn State men’s basketball’s season may be over, but some former players are still going strong in March. In fact, some are preparing to play massive roles for their teams in the NCAA Tournament.

Now that the regular season and the conference tournaments are in the books, we can look back at how everyone who left Penn State performed over the course of (most of) the season. Some became the best players on their teams, while others transformed into solid role players. Either way, let’s take a loot at how some former Nittany Lions fared.

Izaiah Brockington, Iowa State

Brockington had a career-best season for the Cyclones. He finished the year averaging 17.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, all of which were career-highs. He received first-team All-Big 12 honors and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.

Now, Brockington and Iowa State are a No. 11 seed in the Big Dance. They will face the No. 6 LSU Tigers and have a pretty realistic chance to pull off the upset. No matter what happens, Brockington will play a big role in the outcome of the game.

Rasir Bolton, Gonzaga

Gonzaga is the best team in the country, and that is partly due to Rasir Bolton’s play as a starting guard. He averaged 11.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game, and while the numbers were a career-low, he doesn’t need to do too much to have an impact for the Bulldogs.

The No. 1 overall seed, Gonzaga will play Georgia State in the tournament’s first round. Bolton will be starting in an NCAA Tournament game, and that’s certainly not something he did at Penn State. Only time will tell if Bolton ends his college career by cutting down a net and winning it all.

Jamari Wheeler, Ohio State

Penn State finally got its revenge against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, but the Buckeyes get the last laugh with an NCAA Tournament appearance. Wheeler played a big role over the course of the tournament and finished the season averaging 7.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and three assists.

The Buckeyes enter the tournament as a No. 7 seed and will take on Loyola Chicago in the first round. Wheeler’s defense will be key if Ohio State wants to avoid an upset loss.

Myreon Jones, Florida

In a season where he began as a starter and was benched midway through the year, Jones didn’t have things quite go his way. Despite that, he did start 21 games and averaged 8.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.

The Gators didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, but Florida accepted a bit to the NIT Tournament. Florida will face Rick Pitino and Iona to open things up. Jones can play a big role in helping the Gators win an NIT Championship, but his performance needs to improve if he remains a starter.

Trent Buttrick, UMass

It was a career year for Buttrick, who didn’t average more than three points a game while at Penn State. Once he transferred, Buttrick averaged 10.7 points per game for the Minutemen. He also posted 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

UMass’ season is over, and unfortunately, Buttrick’s collegiate career has come to the end. However, it was a great way to end his career by going out on a high note. He may not have ended the season as strong as he started, but it was a career-best season nonetheless.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey is a junior from Annapolis, Maryland, majoring in secondary education and minoring in social justice in education. When he is not writing for the blog, he enjoys rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor", and yes mom, actually doing school work. If you would like to talk about sports or "Survivor", the best way to reach out is on Twitter @theowenabbey. All other compliments may be sent to [email protected]

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