Busting Brackets

2024 NCAA Tournament: Ranking the top 20 players from the Midwest Region

Purdue Boilermakers guard Braden Smith (3) high-fives Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15)
Purdue Boilermakers guard Braden Smith (3) high-fives Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey (15) / Alex Martin/Journal and Courier / USA
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12. Dylan Disu (Texas)

Disu is a 6’9 forward originally from Texas who began his playing career at Vanderbilt, developing into an impressive weapon by his sophomore season. He’d then join the Longhorns and remains in Austin. He was Big 12 Tournament MVP last season but has put up even better stats this season even while missing time with different injuries.

Now a fifth-year senior, Disu averages 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds, though he missed a handful of games for the Longhorns at the beginning of the season. He’s important to the Longhorns as evident by a 33-point outburst early in conference play at Cincinnati. He did recently have a nice stretch at the end of Big 12 play, including a 28-point game against Iowa State. If Disu is fully healthy then he’s a forward who can really impact games in the Big Dance.

11. Great Osobor (Utah State)

There wasn’t much left at Utah State when Danny Sprinkle took over the program last offseason, but Osobor was certainly a name he was familiar with. A 6’8 forward from England, Osobor had been at Montana State with Sprinkle the last two seasons, mostly coming off the bench for the Bobcats. With the Aggies he’s turned into a dominant frontcourt weapon, winning MWC Player of the Year and getting to a third straight NCAA Tournament.

Osobor averaged 18.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while taking a major step forward after transferring to Utah State. He was the top rebounder and one of the best defensive players in the MWC, really coming on strong as a junior. Osobor had three separate 30-point performances and was coming on strong at the end of the season with 29 points and 17 rebounds last week against Fresno State. Watch out for the impact he can back at the back end of this lineup.