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270 College Hoops: Alums in March Madness

By Greg Glasser, 03/16/22, 11:30AM EDT


Five former area players will compete for a national championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here at 270 Hoops, it’s important for us to track and celebrate the success of former players that we covered in high school who are now playing at the next level.

For five former area alums, they will have a chance to compete for a national championship starting Wednesday as three players kick things off in the First Four round in Dayton.

Let’s take a look at which former 270 hoopers you can follow during the most exciting tournament in all of sports.

#11 (West) Notre Dame: Dane Goodwin (Sr, Upper Arlington '18)

First Four: vs #11 Rutgers (Wednesday, 9:10 p.m.) The 2018 Mr. Ohio honoree has had a breakout senior season for the Fighting Irish, as he earned third team All-ACC honors and averaged nearly 14 points per game on 51% shooting.  Goodwin was one of the best shooters in the conference and shot .448% from beyond the arc.  The former Golden Bear has increased his role every season since he arrived in South Bend in 2018 and is appearing in his first NCAA tournament. With an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID shortened season, Goodwin hasn't publicly declared his plans for after this year.

#10 (South) Loyola Chicago: Braden Norris (RS Jr, Hilliard Bradley '18)

First Round: vs.#7 Ohio State (Friday, 12:15 p.m.) The only player in this article with NCAA tournament experience, Norris is back for the second straight year after the Ramblers caught magic in 2021 when they upset #1 Illinois and advanced to the Sweet 16. Norris was a major contributor on last year's team and was once again a top performer for coach Drew Valentine as he earned third team All-MVC honors. The former Jaguar was one of the best point guards in the league, as he led the conference in assists and was second in three point percentage. He'll have a chance to upset a Big Ten team again, this time against his hometown team.

#16 (South) Wright State: Keaton Norris (Frosh, Hilliard Bradley '21), James Mann (RS Sr, Walnut Ridge '16)

First Four: vs. #16 Bryant (Wednesday, 6:40 p.m.) The Norris family is one of two families in America with two sons on two different teams that will participate in March Madness. Second oldest son Keaton is making his tournament debut after a successful freshman season that ended with Wright State pulling off two consecutive upsets to win the Horizon League tournament. Norris appeared in every contest this season, started eight and averaged 24 minutes a game. He scored a career high 10 points against Cleveland State in the conference semifinals. With Wright State being his only Division I offer, Norris quickly proved he was a fantastic find from head coach Scott Nagy.

Mann has appeared in 11 games and scored 35 points throughout the season.

#10 (West) Davidson: Des Watson (Frosh, DeSales '21)

First Round: vs. #7 Michigan State (Friday, 9:40 p.m.) Nearly one year removed from competing for a state championship, the all-time leading scorer from DeSales will embark on a national championship run for Davidson. The Wildcats received an at-large bid after a successful 27-6 regular season. Watson quickly got into the mix as the former Stallions star appeared in every game and averaged nearly 13 minutes a game, providing solid depth for the Wildcats off the bench. A breakout game occurred for Watson in the A10 quarterfinals, as the freshman guard scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting against Fordham. 

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