Best individual NCAA Tournament March Madness runs: 25. Goran Suton, 2009
- 13.0 points
- 10.7 rebounds
- 1.8 assists
- 1.8 steals
- 1.3 blocks
Re-watch this game: Elite 8 vs Louisville
Most of you are probably wondering how Suton could make this list. Some of you are probably asking who Goran Suton even is. That is reasonable considering Suton was never more than a 10 points per game scorer, and he never made it to the NBA.
With all that said, Suton’s contribution to Michigan State’s Final Four run in 2009 was one of the biggest keys to their success.
While starting point guard Kailin Lucas garnered a lot of the press, Suton quietly averaged a double-double, led the team in scoring three times in the final two weekends, and anchored one of the best defenses in the country.
Some people may criticize Suton for putting up just four points in the Final Four game against UConn, but his poor scoring night is a bit deceiving. Hasheem Thabeet was the opposing center, and while Suton may not have attempted many shots against the two-time National Defensive Player of the Year, he outrebounded him, which is really all Michigan State needed.
What may not be remembered is Suton’s ability as a stretch big for the Spartans. His 3-pointers helped lead the Spartans to an Elite Eight upset of top-ranked Louisville, and are one of the reasons he sits at No. 25 on this list.