Future lottery picks and four-year stalwarts, but who are the best tourney players?

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One of the best things about the NCAA tournament is the chance to watch soon-to-be lottery picks playing for their win-or-go-home lives against guys who'll never play professionally. In fact, every NCAA-based projected lottery pick in ESPN's 2018 mock draft will be playing in the field of 68.

You'll find many of those names on my list of the top 25 players in the NCAA tournament, along with some lesser-known performers who have proven they can make their teams better. As always with these player rankings, they are based solely on college performance.

Speaking of, we've seen only 25 minutes of Michael Porter Jr., but the word from responsible evaluators is that he's going to be really good really soon. Think of Porter as the honorary alternate for these rankings.

Here are the top 25 players in the 2018 NCAA tournament: