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Honoring the tournament's best

Xavier Thames has 53 points in two NCAA tournament games for San Diego State. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

It is time to unveil my All-PTPer team through the first few rounds of the NCAA tournament. These players are all competing in the Sweet 16.

Xavier Thames, San Diego State: He has been the star of stars so far. He had 23 points against New Mexico State and 30 versus North Dakota State. Thames has been clutch on the foul line, making 18 of 21 free throws. He came out hot against NDSU, scoring 12 of his team's first 15 points. I have been really impressed by him.

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut: Showing heart and guts, he played hurt against Villanova. After putting up 24 in an overtime win against St. Joseph's, Napier scored 25 versus the Wildcats. He willed his team to the winner's circle and comparisons to former UConn teammate Kemba Walker's tourney run in 2011 are inevitable.

Luke Hancock, Louisville: This is his time of year. Hancock was Most Outstanding Player in last year's Final Four and he has come through with several big plays so far in the tournament. He has been Mr. Clutch thus far in this year's tournament, totaling 37 points in the first two games.

Adreian Payne, Michigan State: He had the game of the tournament to date, scoring 41 points against Delaware, including making 17 of 17 free throws. Payne will have to be a factor if the Spartans want to get to Arlington, Texas for the Final Four.

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky: He totaled 37 points in the Cats' two wins, shooting 12-of-23 from the field.

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee: He averaged 15 RPG over the Vols' first three tourney games. Remember, Tennessee played Iowa in the first round.

Jordan Adams, UCLA: He averaged 20 PPG in the Bruins' wins over Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin, shooting 15-of-24 from the field.