Buddy is best, but Nova, UNC boast better depth

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield has no peer when it comes to ranking the Final Four's best players. Harry How/Getty Images

It's fair to say any team that reaches the Final Four likely has a roster made up of outstanding players. Ranking which players are most outstanding within that group is, by definition, going to be difficult.

But I never shy away from a challenge. I crunched the numbers on players seeing regular minutes during four NCAA tournament games and discovered that Syracuse's Tyler Lydon is now a shot-blocking beast, Oklahoma's Khadeem Lattin just needs a friendly whistle (for a change), and Villanova's Mikal Bridges deserves a cool defensive nickname like "The Glove."

Also Buddy Hield is pretty good at basketball.

There are 30 players who will play in Houston who have averaged at least 10 minutes per game in the NCAA tournament. Here is how I would rank those outstanding performers ("If you ask me, they're all winners!") from Nos. 1 to 30: