Top 10 tourney impact players

Ranking players with the potential to have the biggest impact in NCAAs

Updated: March 20, 2013, 10:21 AM ET
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider
Shane LarkinSteve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsShane Larkin's ability to both score and pass makes him vital to Miami's tournament chances.

All season long, we've been ranking the top 25 impact players in college basketball. But heading into the NCAA tournament, we decided to look at the players with the potential to have the biggest impact in the NCAAs.

Don't fill out your brackets before reading up on these 10 players who could affect the tourney from the first weekend to the Final Four.


1. Shane Larkin

Point guard | Sophomore | Miami Hurricanes

If you looked out on the court at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., this past weekend, you had to rub your eyes to make sure you were watching Shane Larkin and not Chris Paul. He was that good. Since late January, he has been arguably one of the two or three best point guards in the country.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.